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-- Pope Francis’ appointment of new cardinals from distant and impoverished countries has helped bring the topic of pastoral care for those struggling in poverty to Vatican discussions.


Curtis Martin

Catholic Marriage Preparation
Needs to Better 'Evangelize'
Difference Between
Catechesis and Evangelization -- The head of a major U.S. missionary apostolate says that evangelization – not simple catechesis – is needed to prepare Catholics for good marriages by putting Jesus Christ at the center of their lives.


Gay Adoption and
the Rights of the Child

FALL RIVER, MA February 18, 2014 -- In March, 2013, the British paper The Independent ran an article entitled, “Children in gay adoptions at no disadvantage: Research confirms same-sex couples are just as good at parenting as heterosexuals.”


Gay Adoption and
the Rights of the Child

FALL RIVER, MA February 18, 2014 -- In March, 2013, the British paper The Independent ran an article entitled, “Children in gay adoptions at no disadvantage: Research confirms same-sex couples are just as good at parenting as heterosexuals.”


UN Versus Holy See on
Human Sexuality, Gender Theory -- More than an indictment of the Church’s handling of child sex abuse, the report of the U.N. child rights committee on the Holy See seems meant to pressure the Church to change its teaching on human sexuality.


The Grammys, an Occasion of Sin?
As Mockery of Marriage Continues
Celebrate World Marriage Day, Feb. 9
SAN FRANCISCO, January 28, 2014 -- Sadly, everywhere we turn, allies of the gay rights movement are making profane and irreverent spectacles of so-called marriages between same-sex couples. They are happening at inappropriate venues, which have been previously associated with family entertainment or awards for achievements in the arts and entertainment. Two recent examples include a wedding on a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade and a group wedding during the Grammy Awards. What should the appropriate Christian response be to such stunts?


High school

Sex, Schools and Social Suicide
BOSTON, January 23, 2014 -- Over the last three decades, social scientists, educational researchers, and pundits have probed for the reason why educationally the US is on the fringe of being a Third World country. In particular, why does the academic achievement of American students begin to fall off during junior high and plummet during the high school years?


Kansas Judge:
Sperm Donor Owes Child Support
, KS, January 22, 2014 — A man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple in response to an online ad is the father of a child born to one of the women and must pay child support, a Kansas judge ruled Wednesday.


Pope Francis' Principles
for Cultural Change


Bishops Lament Federal 'Disregard'
for State Marriage Laws
-- As the U.S. bishops lamented federal agencies’ decisions to ignore state marriage laws, Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government will recognize the “gay marriages” briefly contracted in Utah.


-- A new survey shows an increase in likely U.S. voters who see marriage as a religious institution, with a majority now holding this view.


Pope FrancisVatican Spokesman:
Media Manipulated
Pope's Family Comments
VATICAN, January 7, 2014 -- The Vatican's spokesman says some coverage of Pope Francis’ comment about a child of a same-sex couple is “forced” and a “manipulation” of his primary concern about evangelizing in new cultural environments.


An undated photo provided by the McMath family and Omari Sealey shows Jahi McMath.

Remember the Humanity
of Jahi McMath

PHILADELPHIA, PA, January 7, 2014 -- As in the case of Terri Schiavo, people with severe brain injuries are treated like second class citizens, often being denied the treatment, care, and love that their humanity demands. Here is a perspective from Bobby Schindler, brother of Terry Schiavo and Mark Mostert a member of the board of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.


Catholic Bioethicist Advises Caution
In Jahi McMath Case
-- The “tragic” case of teenage girl Jahi McMath – now at the center of a legal controversy over brain death – shows the need to determine the facts before making ethical conclusions, says a bioethicist.

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with family and friends

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