Working Moms: What Would Help?

10/16/2014 Comments (34)

Lots of moms work, for lots of different reasons. When we talk about how to improve the work and personal lives of working moms, two responses are all too common.

From the secular world that tends to lean anti-family, anti-child, and frankly anti-woman, we hear, "Ugh, parents. Why should they get special treatment just because they freely made the choice to squeeze out a couple of brats?"

It's hard to know what to say to this argument. I suppose there must be some moms and dads who behave as if their lives are important and no one else's is, but probably those people would act that way anyway, whether they had kids or not. What it comes down to is this: children are where people come...READ MORE

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Good news from the Synod of Bishops! 12 things to know and share

10/15/2014 Comments (65)

The last couple of days have brought signs of hope from the Synod of Bishops on the family. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .

The last couple of days have brought some good news from the current synod of bishops on the family.

Where things are going is still far from certain and there is still reason for concern, but there have been a number of welcoming signs.

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1) If you had to boil it down, what’s the single most important piece of good news?

That there has been widespread pushback among the synod fathers against the document issued Monday, called the relatio post disceptationem.


2) What is a relatio post disceptationem?

The phrase means “the report after discussion” or “the report after debate.”

Basically, it’s meant to be a document summarizing the themes...READ MORE

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Evidence Emerges of an Engineered Synod

10/15/2014 Comments (60)

More and more there is talk in Rome that this synod is being engineered by groups intent on steering the Church in a heterodox direction, and increasingly evidence is coming to light that points to it. 

The first and most obvious example was the interim report published on Monday. It still remains unclear who exactly wrote it and how many eyes had seen it before it was made public, but the strong criticisms of it from such Church leaders as Cardinals Raymond Burke and Gerhard Mueller are enough to point to a lamentable lack of scrutiny, with consequences for souls.

Archbishop Bruno Forte, the synod’s special secretary, known to be a keen advocate for changes in pastoral practice, is...READ MORE

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A Gem of a Book: Trusting God with St. Therese

10/15/2014 Comment

Trusting God is easier said that done, at least for me. I always seem to think I know better. Or that I can do it myself, which puts me at about the same level as my three-year-old.

Over the years, I’ve become quite a St. Therese fangirl, though I will admit that I struggle sometimes. Her Little Way doesn’t seem little in terms of effort or difficulty. Her philosophy trumps me. And yet I keep coming back to her.

So I was intrigued by Connie Rossini’s new book Trusting God with St. Therese (Four Waters Press). Rossini seems to be a highly practical person, so I didn’t expect a lot of flowery advice that I won’t be able to follow anyway.

In the first chapter, she says this:

[This book]...READ MORE

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Father Check from Courage Responds to Synod Report

“Do we have the conviction that a chaste life is part of the good news of Jesus Christ?" asked Father Check.

10/14/2014 Comments (37)

The midterm report from the Extraordinary Synod for the Family has provoked a firestorm,  and some Synod Fathers have already criticized the document, while noting that it is not definitive.  The focus of attention is on one paragraph dealing with the Church's outreach to persons with same-sex attraction:

50. Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on...READ MORE

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The Silencing of the Shepherds

10/14/2014 Comments (63)

The Pulpit police have been activated.

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas ordering a number of pastors to hand over any recent sermons that might have touched on the issue of homosexuality or the city's lesbian mayor Annise Parker.

Or else.

Those failing to comply with this order could be held in contempt of court. Welcome to America in the 21st century folks.

Christina Holcomb of the Alliance Defending Freedom (which filed a motion against the city on behalf of five pastors) reportedly called it "an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

The history here is that as part of the city's new non-discrimination ordinance would allow men to use ladies rooms and...READ MORE

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Don't Bubble-Wrap Your Kids

10/14/2014 Comments (26)

This year, I'm not seeing a lot of hand-wringing over the dangers of the occult during Halloween. Most of the Hallowangst of 2014 seems to be focused on how much cancer we are willing to give our kids via the delicious, delicious GMO toxins in the candy they get. My policy on that score is: I love my children so much, and am willing to sacrifice for them; so rather than exposing them to danger, I think they should give me all their candy.

Back to the occult. On the way to school, we pass a house which gets decorated a little bit more for Halloween each year. There are the typical Halloween decorations, like skeletons, spiders, vampires, and jack-o'-lanterns, all falling into the category...READ MORE

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The Law of Gradualness: 12 things to know and share

10/13/2014 Comments (50)

What is the "law of gradualness" and why is it such big news at the Synod of Bishops?

Most Catholics have never even heard of the “law of gradualness,” but it became big news this week at the Synod on the Family.

What is the law of gradualness, and what role does it play in Catholic thought?

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1) What is the law of gradualness?

It is a principle used in Catholic moral and pastoral theology, according to which people should be encouraged to grow closer to God and his plan for our lives in a step-by-step manner rather than expecting to jump from an initial conversion to perfection in a single step.


2) Is there a basis for this idea?

Yes. Human experience testifies that we are not made perfect upon our initial conversion. We...READ MORE

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