Category Archives: Family

Who’s Afraid of All Hallows’ Eve?

On the Word on Fire Blog, Fr. Steve Grunow presents an articulate and historically fascinating defense of Halloween.  It is true we have a complicated history with Halloween here in the United States.  As Fr. Steve discusses, Protestant discomfort with Catholic style celebrating resulted in anti-Catholic propaganda condemning traditional holiday rituals as essentially pagan in [...]

Watch the Media Ignore What Pope Francis Just Said About Marriage

Some Catholic blogs and news outlets are reporting this, but we’ll see about the mainstream media and the “progressive” Catholics. They certainly seemed to think the Synod on the Family was front page news, but of course Pope Francis didn’t publicly say anything during the synod and the secularists and progressive Catholics could fabricate whatever [...]

Where the Kansas Senate Candidates Stand on the Issues

In Kansas, the unusual Senate race between a Republican and a so-called Independent candidate is still too close to call.  Here at CV, our political research team has been watching Pat Roberts and Greg Orman carefully so we can offer Catholic voters in Kansas a recommendation. Many issues are at stake in this election, and [...]

Cast Your Nets

One of the themes to emerge from the debates and discussions surrounding the Synod on the Family is the counter-cultural nature of traditional values. Yuval Levin, writing in First Things, takes up one strand of this thought, writing about the decentralization and polarization of our society–which he notes is not necessarily a bad thing. Individuals [...]

Or Just Don’t Get Divorced

One of the dynamics that emerged during the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family was the apparent competition between two views of the marriage crisis and what was needed to address it. On the one hand, there was the view that the primary issue confronting the Church when it comes to marriage is the subset [...]

Synod for Dummies

I had a hard time figuring out what was going on at the Synod. Actually, I had a hard time just figuring out what a Synod is. So let me see if I have this right. • A bunch of Catholic bishops got together to discuss families. • A significant minority seemed to want to [...]


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