May 15, 2013
A frustrated doctor

So, I’m getting married to the most amazing woman in the world on Saturday. I know. Pretty exciting, right? Amid the whirlwind of preparation I decided to go to the doctor and get a physical just to make sure I start off marriage without any unexpected problems. I was expecting a full battery of tests but after a quick overview with the stethoscope the doctor said, “Well, everything looks fine. I think we should just do an STD test.”

“But I’ve never had any sexual partners, so I don’t...

May 14, 2013

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently commented on the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in a way that may shed light on how she—and the Court—will rule in the cases involving homosexual "marriage" that are currently before the Court.

According to the Associated Press:

One of the most liberal members of the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader...

May 9, 2013

My blog post "Should I Attend the Wedding or Not?" prompted several questions and comments last week that I would like to address.

One reader asked about the validity of a Catholic marrying an Orthodox Christian in an Orthodox Church without a dispensation from his bishop. In the interest of ecumenism, the Code of Canon Law is less rigid in such a case. The Catholic party still has a...

May 2, 2013

This time of year wedding invitations start showing up in mailboxes and Catholics begin facing difficult decisions about whether or not to attend the weddings of lapsed Catholics. At Catholic Answers, we hear from the relatives and friends of fallen-away Catholics who are planning their weddings outside the Church. What is a serious Catholic to do?

The law of the Church

When any Catholic—even a lapsed one—gets married, he must have a Catholic wedding ceremony...

April 19, 2013

A few weeks ago I experienced what all expectant fathers dread.

My wife Uki had woken me up before dawn to inform me that it was time. She was in the initial stages of labor with our fifth child and her contractions were intensifying, so we quickly set out for the short ride to the hospital. I felt the familiar rush of excitement and anticipation, knowing that soon we would be welcoming another precious child into the world. But as my wife’s contractions become stronger and...