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Dear catholic.com visitors: This website from Catholic Answers, with all its many resources, is the world's largest source of explanations for Catholic beliefs and practices. A fully independent, lay-run, 501(c)(3) ministry that receives no funding from the institutional Church, we rely entirely on the generosity of everyday people like you to keep this website going with trustworthy , fresh, and relevant content. If everyone visiting this month gave just $1, catholic.com would be fully funded for an entire year. Do you find catholic.com helpful? Please make a gift today. Thank you. Wishing you a blessed Lenten season.

Allan Carlson

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Dr. Allan C. Carlson is Professor of History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. He is the president of the Howard Center, director of the Family in America Studies Center, the International Secretary of the World Congress of Families, and editor of the Family in America newsletter. He is also former president of the Rockford Institute. Dr. Carlson has written many books including Inseparable, Family Cycles: Strength, Decline, and Renewal in American Domestic Life, 1630-2000 and The Natural Family: A Manifesto.

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