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April 14, 2013

For the past several years I have worked with those affected by pornography.

Allow me, then, from my experience, to offer three strategies that you as a parent can implement in parenting the porn generation.

1. Affirm the goodness of their sexuality.

Sometimes Catholic parents, especially when they themselves were brought up with a standard of chastity that focused on a list of sins...

April 11, 2013

One fairly regular question the apologists receive at Catholic Answers is "Who is the patron saint of [insert need or desire]?" While the answer to many such questions can be found at sites like the Patron Saints Index, more than a few are not readily answerable. I remember one person who wanted to know the patron saint of skateboarders. Not exactly a patronage that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is going to...

April 10, 2013

In one of the places I used to call home, I have a friend who serves in the state House of Representatives. She’s a libertarian-minded lady, and over the years I have supported and admired her efforts to promote legitimate freedoms while putting a check on illegitimate growth of state power.

Not long ago we found ourselves in rare disagreement, however, when she voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

In our correspondence she offered two different but related versions of her...

April 5, 2013

If I were to compile a list titled "Common Catholic Misconceptions of the Catholic Faith," near the top would have to be this Catholic misconception about the nature of sanctity:

The saints are to be considered perfect in their earthly lives, to such an extent that all that they did while in this life is considered right, just, and necessary for Catholics to imitate in their own lives.

We see this misconception play out in the multitude of ecclesial...

April 5, 2013

This past Lent, my family and I were good (at least better than usual) at remembering to abstain from meat on Fridays.

Now that Lent is over, we’ve decided to make it a thing we do every Friday; a way to remember the Lord’s passion, and fast as a family.

My wife and I have three young kids. We have, in the words of Janet Smith, reached a point of chaos from which we will never return; and though I’d love to be the uber-pious Catholic family that gets together each morning to...