Don’t Let Your Child Call the Shots, Psychologist Says

Don't Let Your Child Call the Shots, Psychologist Says by Christina Lee Knauss John Rosemond is the rare person who can get away with telling a roomful of moms and dads that when it comes to raising kids, they don’t know what they are doing. The child psychologist,...
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Evolution Just Got Harder to Defend

Photo: Stromatolites – Shark Bay World Heritage Area By Eric Metaxas There’s an old story about a chemist, a physicist, and an economist stranded on a desert island with nothing to eat but a can of soup. Puzzling over how to open the can, the chemist says, “Let’s heat...
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America’s Safest City

by Michael J. McManus On Sunday The New York Times published a front page story on a weekend of crime in Chicago with 64 people shot, six of whom died. With in-depth reporting on four inside pages, the Times said "It is a level of violence that has become the...
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Is There a Way to Curb Cohabitation?

Is There A Way to Curb Cohabitation? by Steve Wood Cohabitation is the new normal, up 900 percent over the past half century. About half to two-thirds of couples getting married today lived together before making a marital commitment. This morning, I received a letter...
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Comfort Catholicism Has to Go; It is Time to Prepare for Persecution

Comfort Catholicism Has to Go; It is Time to Prepare for Persecution By Msgr. Charles Pope We are at war for our own souls and the souls of people we love. We are at war for the soul of this culture and nation. And like any soldier, we must train to fight well. There...
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The Double-Fisted Gospel: A Remedy for Absent Male Catholics

The Double-Fisted Gospel: A Remedy for Absent Male Catholics by Steve Wood Editor’s note: During this Year of Mercy, I thought it expedient to resurrect a modified edition of this article from seventeen years ago which highlights the unique perspective that men have...
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Why Aren’t Pro-Family Groups Cheering the Drop in Divorce Rates?

Why Aren’t Pro-Family Groups Cheering the Drop in Divorce Rates? by Kiley Crossland Declining marriage and divorce rates go hand in hand and reveal a cultural skepticism about relationship definition, according to a new report from The Heritage Foundation. The...
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Get Your Kids Out of Toxic Schools

Get Your Kids Out of Toxic Schools by Steve Wood One of the biggest unrecognized perils facing Catholic families in our cultural crisis is the menace of “happy Catholicism.” From my experience of fourteen years in Catholic media, I’ve encountered a strong preference...
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Sibling Fights: Training Ground for Marriage

Sibling Fights: Training Ground for Marriage by Bill Bellet and Marie Bellet Parents can get very discouraged when their children do not get along. We all dream of a mutually supportive family filled with peace and understanding. Does sibling fighting reflect our...
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Video: Upsetting Statements on Marriage & Cohabitation – World Over with Raymond Arroyo

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8_VBW0a6ow[/embed] Three loyal sons of the Church, with honesty and courage, address some recent upsetting statements on marriage and cohabitation.
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The Existence of God

The Existence of God by Robert Herman BS, AM, MD Scientists have postulated that life on this planet began in a “primordal soup”, a pond or sheltered bay that was teaming with thousands of chemicals.  Over millions or billions of years, as these chemicals interacted,...
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Video: Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Family with Raymond Arroyo

Video: Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Family with Raymond Arroyo   [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Avd7bCiV0&feature=youtu.be&t=259[/embed] Three men who are faithful to the Church, love the Holy Father, nevertheless have some balanced...
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Catholics Cannot Accept Elements of Apostolic Exhortation That Threaten Faith and Family

Catholics Cannot Accept Elements of Apostolic Exhortation That Threaten Faith and Family The promulgation of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia by Pope Francis marks the conclusion of a synodal process that has been dominated by attempts to undermine Catholic...
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Pope Francis Appears to Contradict Doctrine of Paul VI & John Paul II on Contraception

Pope Francis Appears to Contradict Doctrine of Paul VI & John Paul II on Contraception By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent, LifeSiteNews When Pope Francis appeared to tell reporters during an in-flight press conference Wednesday that...
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Why the New Evangelization Needs a Focus on Fathers

Why the New Evangelization Needs a Focus on Fathers by Steve Wood The New Evangelization may be a disappointment when it comes to evangelizing families if it neglects a focus on fathers. The call for a New Evangelization is a desperately needed initiative especially...
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Lessons for Dads from Secondhand Lions

Lessons for Dads from Secondhand Lions by Steve Wood This article on Secondhand Lions is a reflection on a fascinating film for fathers, grandfathers, and uncles. Secondhand Lions features Walter, a shy and awkward boy being raised by an irresponsible single mom with...
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What Will Happen to Catholic Kids in Same-Sex Marriage America?

What Will Happen to Catholic Kids in Same-Sex Marriage America? by Steve Wood Catholic parents in America are asking themselves, “What will happen to my kids after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision?” My prediction is that the United States of America is...
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Young Men Breaking Free

Young Men Breaking Free by Steve Wood How long can we ignore this 800-pound slobbering gorilla? It is the greatest ignored crisis in the Church today. I lack a vocabulary to say how great a threat this is to the Catholic faith. I’m talking about the mind-boggling...
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What the Church Teaches about the Papal Office

What the Church Teaches about the Papal Office by Father Christopher Smith, STD/PhD As Catholics, we have a great love for the Pope. But it is important to know what the Church actually teaches about the papal office. Occasionally I come across people who think that...
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Complementarity and Human Sexuality

Complementarity and Human Sexuality By Father Tad Pacholczyk James Parker came out at age 17 and later entered into a relationship with another man. He worked as a gay activist for a while, but his personal experiences of intimacy and human sexuality eventually led...
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Listen to this German Cardinal

Listen to this German Cardinal CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH LETTER TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CONCERNING THE RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION BY THE DIVORCED AND REMARRIED MEMBERS OF THE FAITHFUL Your Excellency The International Year of the Family...
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Timeless Catholic Truth from St. Pope John Paul II

Timeless Catholic Truth from St. John Paul II: Communion for Divorced Persons Who Have Civilly Remarried? Familiaris Consortio – Section 84 “…Finally, there are those who have entered into a second union for the sake of the children's upbringing, and who are sometimes...
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Scary Story about the Power of the Rosary

This is a powerful but disturbing story regarding the power of the Rosary.  It regards notorious Florida serial killer Ted Bundy.  Some people are so far lost in sin they become dominated by evil, but Our Lord, through Our Lady, has power over them: At 3: 00 am on...
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Gender Mainstreaming – The Secret Revolution

Gender Mainstreaming - The Secret Revolution © Gabriele Kuby 2008 "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness into light, and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet, and sweet into bitter!" (Isaiah 5.20) A spectre is haunting the...
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Go to Joseph: Six Reflections on St. Joseph

Go to Joseph: Six Reflections on St. Joseph By Fr. Francis Peffley J Joseph the Just Man John Paul II in his apostolic exhortation “The Guardian of the Redeemer” calls Joseph the just man. What does that mean? It means that he was a holy man. A righteous man. A man of...
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Who Is to Blame for Measles?

Who Is to Blame for Measles? By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. The focus of the Obama Administration and media in the measles outbreak in the U.S. has been on American parents not vaccinating their children. This overlooks a key issue that other physicians and I warned...
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Navigating Your Family through the Fog

Navigating Your Family through the Fog by Steve Wood By mid-January most economists, political forecasters, social scientists, and others have made their predictions for the year ahead. Accurate predictions are challenging as Yogi Berra warned, “It’s tough to make...
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Priests and the Importance of Fatherhood

Priests and the Importance of Fatherhood Priests are not just "hosts" to the parish community; they are really fathers and consequently the heads of their parish families. by Dr. Paul Vitz and Fr. Daniel Vitz Many thoughtful people today recognize that the United...
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Hillary’s Letters to Saul Alinsky

Hillary's Letters to Saul Alinsky By James K. Fitzpatrick Should we cut Hillary Clinton some slack over her letters to Saul Alinsky, unveiled by Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon in late September? The letters were obtained by Goodman from the archives of...
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A Tale of Two Churches

A Tale of Two Churches by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him. The Savior that God sent, his only-begotten Son, did not...
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Why I Left My Pastorate and Was Drawn to the Catholic Faith

Why I Left My Pastorate and Was Drawn to the Catholic Faith by Steve Wood Twenty-four years ago, on July 1, 1990, my family entered the Catholic Church at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, FL. There were at least a dozen significant reasons for my leaving Protestantism...
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Unintended Consequences from Easy Annulments

Unintended Consequences from Easy Annulments by Steve Wood I was recently talking with a Catholic woman in her mid-twenties when the subject of annulments came up. Her immediate response was, “It’s a joke.” If you supposed that this young adult woman was a cafeteria...
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St. Thomas More: A Father for All Seasons

St. Thomas More: A Father for All Seasons by Steve Wood You and I have only one chance to be a good Catholic father. We have to do it right the first time because the fruits of our fatherhood, for better or worse, will be felt for generations. What could be more...
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Devout Catholic Fathers: Remember More’s Monkey!

Devout Catholic Fathers: Remember More's Monkey! by Steve Wood St. Thomas More considered the priesthood earlier in life, but he knew his vocation was that of a husband and father. Joy, music, and laughter filled More's deeply spiritual household. Thomas More was...
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Saint Thomas More: Patron of Catholic Home Educators

Saint Thomas More: Patron of Catholic Home Educators by Steve Wood The chief purpose of marriage is the procreation and education of children. Too many Catholic dads dump the entire responsibility for teaching their children onto the shoulders of their wives or...
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The Truth about Contraceptives

The Truth about Contraceptives Some things for you to ponder: Oral contraceptives cause abortions before a woman knows she’s pregnant. How many abortions are there in the US each year of this kind? A conservative estimate says 8.1 to 12.75 million. Planned Parenthood...
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St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the Worker by Steve Wood In 1955 the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker was created by Pope Pius XII to counter the influence of the communist’s May Day celebrations. Some think that with the fall of the Berlin Wall communism is no longer a threat to free...
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Christian Parenting with Purpose (Part III): Family Time

Christian Parenting with Purpose (Part III): Family Time by Joe Hyland Nearly nine years ago, while working as the clinical director of a treatment facility for at risk adolescents I heard a shocking statistic – the average American father spends only 13 minutes per...
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Christian Parenting with a Purpose (Part II): The Essentials

Christian Parenting with Purpose (Part II): The Essentials by Joe Hyland At times Christian parenting can be messy and difficult, but parenting successfully is possible for those who are committed to doing so with purpose. Those that parent with purpose do it because...
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Handing on the Faith

Handing on the Faith by Mark Shea In our family, we have a tradition. Every evening, my wife and I (sometimes one of us, sometimes both) go into the children's bedrooms, make the sign of the cross on our kids' foreheads and bless them in the name of the Father, the...
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Indifferentism- Who Cares?

Indifferentism - Who Cares? by Jim Burnham These are all familiar expressions of religious indifferentism: the notion that all religions are equally valid. Indifferentism is particularly strong in America, with our long tradition of rugged individualism that claims...
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In God We Trust: Making God the Father of Our Finances

In God We Trust: Making God the Father of Our Finances by Steve Wood I was standing at the kitchen sink staring at my backyard agonizing over how the Family Life Center was going to survive financially. In the year after founding St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers we...
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The Bible ALONE?

The Bible ALONE? by Mark Shea Do you understand what you are reading?" asked Philip. "How can I" said the Ethiopian, "unless someone explains it to me?" (Acts 8:30-31). Many lay Catholics are getting interested in studying their faith. And for a large percentage of...
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A Forgotten Secret to Raising Catholic Children in a Secular Culture

A Forgotten Secret to Raising Catholic Children in a Secular Culture by Marie Bellet The most powerful agent for raising Catholic children and immunizing ourselves against the anti-family culture that surrounds us is the nightly family dinner. This regular meeting...
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The Sixty-Four Thousand Dollar Question for Catholic Men’s Groups

The Sixty-Four Thousand Dollar Question for Catholic Men’s Groups by Steve Wood Before starting a Catholic men's group, it's important to consider the purpose and goals. How do we go about establishing the goal of a men’s small group? First, we should be more...
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The Power of Imitation: Fathers’ Secret Weapon for Child Training Success

The Power of Imitation: Fathers’ Secret Weapon for Child Training Success by Steve Wood I have a bad habit that I picked up years ago at military school. I was taught to spit shine, not the polite way with polish and water, but the old fashion way with black Kiwi and...
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Parents as Courtship Coaches

Parents as Courtship Coaches by Steve Wood Except for paying college costs, many parents consider their job practically finished after they drop off their college-bound student at the freshman dorm. This is a huge mistake. Parents need to be on-duty throughout the...
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Christian Parenting with a Purpose: Part I

Christian Parenting with Purpose (Part I) by Joe Hyland I once heard Herm Edwards, the former Kansas City Chiefs head football coach say, “a goal without a plan is a wish.” Christian parenting with purpose means that we actively develop a specific plan to reach the...
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Parental Supervision for Teens

Parental Supervision for Teens by Steve Wood Successfully fathering children through the transition from childhood to adulthood has never been easy. Fathers of teens in the decade ahead face the most challenging fathering task in human history. We are living through...
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How to Keep your Kids Catholic

How to Keep Your Kids Catholic by Jim Burnham When my three-year-old son makes the sign of the cross and sweetly tells Jesus how much he loves Him, I am so proud. When that same son screams in anger and frustration, I am ashamed. He learned to do both by imitating me....
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Giving Your Child Internal Strength to Withstand Peer Pressure

Giving Your Child Internal Strength to Withstand Peer Pressure by Steve Wood Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 The best...
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For What It’s Worth…Gaining Economic Perspective

For What It's Worth...Gaining Economic Perspective by Bob VanNorden “There's somethin' happenin' here What it is ain't exactly clear... I think it’s time we stop, hey, what's that sound? Everybody look what's going down.” - For What It’s Worth, by Buffalo Springfield...
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Five Steps to Purity for Christian Men

Five Steps to Purity for Christian Men by Steve Wood Our sex-saturated culture makes it a challenge for Christian men to live a pure life. It takes intentional steps for men to keep their moral bearings in today’s world. The purpose of this article is to highlight...
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Family Moral Media with ClearPlay

Family Moral Media with ClearPlay by Steve Wood The ClearPlay DVD filters and players are the very best option for family media management that I’ve seen in the past decade. If you watch movies in your home rated above “G”, then you need ClearPlay. I’ve used profanity...
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