Category Archives: Family

Justice Scalia, Parental Rights, and the Constitution

This blog post reproduces an e-mail from criticizing Justice Scalia for being unwilling to use the power of the Supreme Court to protect parental rights.  The e-mail notes that Scalia recently told a group of law students that not all important rights are actually contained in the Constitution.  He noted as an example the […]

English Translation of Final Synod Report

  Bishop Michael G. Campbell from the Diocese of Lancaster in England has provided an English language translation of the 2015 Synod of Bishops’Relatio Finalis (or, ‘Final Report). Papal biographer and Church historian, Austen Ivereigh, who is fluent in both English and Italian, the language in which the report was composed, calls Bishop Campbell’s translation […]

Dear Spouses: What if Natural Family Planning Didn’t Exist?

There’s been a lot of blog-splaining lately about just how difficult Natural Family Planning can be, particularly for those facing economic challenges. I thought I’d be Captain Obvious and point out something. Natural Family Planning (NFP) has been around only for mere decades. If you group NFP alongside its predecessor “calendar rhythm,” you get closer […]

Roma Downey Wants Us All to Remember the Lonely at Christmastime

From the email inbox, a message from Irish actress/producer Roma Downey: Hello: I found this online and I was moved by it. I think it’s good to be reminded of how lonely the holidays can be for some people. This little 2 min video encourages us to reach out lovingly to include those around us this […]

A Prayer to St. John Paul II for the Family

St. John Paul II, you said: “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” You said, “At the start of a millennium which began with the terrifying attacks of September 11, 2001 … one cannot recite the Rosary without feeling caught up in a clear […]

Do Women Need the Church?

“The one solace…women have is the Church.” How often do we hear this claim?  The Church, we’re told, is behind the times, patriarchal, out of touch with the real lived experience of women, and offers them only a life of drudgery and eternal pregnancy.  The Church, we’re assured, is not a place of solace for […]

History Repeats in USA, But Evil Will Never Triumph

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. King Solomon “Today’s families face challenges that previous generations did not face.” We recite that cliché in somber tones, as if we were saying something profound. But King Solomon was right. There is nothing […]

Synod’s Final Report Already Written By Bon Jovi

ROME — During a press conference this morning, the Secretary General of the Synod on the Family, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldiserri, along with Archbishop Bruno Forte, confirmed rumors that the Relatio Synodi, or the final document of the synod, has already been written. “We have decided to bypass the traditional rules governing the order in which […]

A Family Resemblance

  I recently came across a beautiful story about the papal visit from the San Francisco Chronicle. The piece is a stark reminder of power of unconditional love and the message of mercy. Nothing is more compelling–nothing is more true–than the unconditional love of the Father. The story picks up with the pope meeting AIDS patients during a visit to a local church: […]



Receive our updates via email.