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Pope Francis Retools John Paul II Institute For Marriage And Family

On Tuesday Pope Francis issued a new motu proprio changing the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific perspective. The motu proprio, titled “Summa Familiae Cura,” meaning...

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Faith Helped Couple Choose Baby Over Chemotherapy Treatment

A Michigan mother with a lethal form of brain cancer who declined treatment in order to save her unborn child has died, a few days after her sixth child was born. Carrie DeKlyen, 37, was a mother of five in April when she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive, malignant cancer that...

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Australian Bishops Call For Month Of Prayer Ahead Of Same-Sex Marriage Vote

At the start of a voter survey being conducted on same-sex marriage in Australia, the country’s bishops have called for a month of prayer and fasting for the strengthening of marriage and the family. In a video message for the Catholic Marriage and Family Council, Bishop Michael Kennedy of the...

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The Josef Pieper Challenge

The screen went black, the credits rolled, and in the lower right corner a suggestion: “You might also like…” My husband and I sat in silence, mournful at the repose of our favorite evening activity for the last month. We eyed the suggested show. “Shall we?” I proposed, but I knew the...

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Peace Be With Her

I made a promise to myself that I would do this and so you’ll have to bear with me. It started when my brother Ray died. I had to write about him. Then my oldest brother Roger passed and I had to write about it. Now, we have lost our oldest sister Kathy and, well you know. I have no monopoly...

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Ahead Of Ballot, Australian Bishops Reaffirm Church Can't Support Gay Marriage

As a non-binding poll on same-sex marriage in Australia looms, some leading Catholic bishops have again clarified Catholic teaching that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. “I wish to state quite clearly that the Catholic Church, through its official teaching, cannot support...

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Evangelicals' Nashville Statement 'largely Consonant' With Catholic Thought

An Evangelical Christian coalition’s statement on marriage, sexuality, and gender identity is “largely consonant” with Catholic thought, according to one commentator. “The language of the document is clearly Evangelical, but its articles are largely consonant with Catholic understandings of...

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Study: Age Of Pornography Exposure Affects How Men View Women

Pornography exposure affects men’s attitudes towards women, but in different ways depending on the age when they are first exposed, a new study suggests. “We found that the younger a man was when he first viewed pornography, the more likely he was to want power over women,” said lead...

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Study Finds More Americans Are Approving Of Polygamy

A new poll shows that seventeen percent of people in the U.S. now find polygamy to be morally permissible, citing an increase of acceptance among non-religious people as a major factor. “Though polygamous societies often justify their lifestyle on religious grounds, it is Americans who do not...

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Going To The Dogs

An eagle-eyed friend of mine recently caught a headline describing a “canine-inspired lifestyle.” It was a revelatory moment, for it seemed to capture the increasingly pet-centric world we live in. Chalk this up as one more example of “first world problems,” but our pets are getting better...

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NFP: It's Not Just A Catholic Thing Anymore

Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2017 / 03:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For some, it was a health-conscious decision. For others, it was environmental. For still others, it was faith-based. But no matter the reason, more and more women are ditching the pill and opting for fertility awareness methods as a...

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Seven Things You Might Not Know About NFP

It’s a sad fact of modern life that even among Catholic women, artificial contraception remains the norm. It’s a source of great hope and joy that Natural Family Planning is gaining ground and not just in Catholic circles. When a positive discussion of Natural Family Planning methods makes it...

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Is The Single Life A Vocation? Maybe We're Asking The Wrong Question.

Denver, Colo., Jul 20, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- From a young age, Catholics are taught to pray about and discern their vocations – whether they're called to marriage, to the religious life, to the priesthood, or consecrated single life.   This can leave the lay single person feeling that...

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NFP Week For The Rest Of Us

I’m sure it’s already on your calendar, but just in case you weren’t aware, NFP Week kicks off on July 23! While I wait for fellow NFP’ers to catch their breath from the excitement, I’ll briefly touch on what NFP actually is for the uninitiated. NFP is the acronym for Natural Family Planning,...

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Help Your Children Enjoy A Healthy, Happy Summer

While your children are on summer vacation, they’ll likely spend more time in front of televisions, cell phones and computers. To help them enjoy a healthy, happy summer, parents can set time limits for screen time and pay special attention to what their kids eat — especially since they’ll spend...