Humanist group objects to public school children attending abstinence talk

Details:  A humanist group is objecting to a public school in southwestern Minnesota sending students this fall to hear an abstinence talk that it says had religious aspects. The American Humanist Association sent a letter Tuesday to Luverne Public Schools, saying students were sent during school hours on Sept. 30 to hear a presentation by [Read More...]

Pope discusses the Synod, says media covered it like sports

From Vatican Radio:  Following a series of reflections concentrating on the Church, Pope Francis at his weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday opened a new Chapter, a weekly catechesis focusing on the Family. He began this new cycle by recalling the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family which took place in [Read More...]

A Catholic mother and autism: “What families seek from the church is security and support”

A friend of mine, Shana Buck, offers a personal perspective on this important issue over at The Font:  When I read about the Holy Father addressing the needs of individuals with autism, I was elated. My husband and I have three children “in the spectrum” — a 23 year old daughter, Luci, with moderate Asperger’s; an 18 [Read More...]

What’s the #1 reason teens keep their faith as adults?

It’s the family, stupid. Details:  The holy grail for helping youth remain religiously active as young adults has been at home all along: parents. Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to [Read More...]

The final message from the synod

Or, at least, from this first two-week session. The second half kicks off next year. Meantime, the bishops are also preparing a more detailed final report, which will be published (or not) at the discretion of the pope. From the Vatican Information Service, the full text: We, Synod Fathers, gathered in Rome together with Pope Francis [Read More...]

From the synod: was something lost in translation?

Here’s an interesting take on the relatio, from Catholic News Agency:  An incorrect translation into English of the original midterm report of the Synod on the Family may have spurred controversial interpretations of the document itself.The document’s original version was written in Italian, which Pope Francis directed to be used as the official language of [Read More...]

“An earthquake at the synod”

That’s how veteran Vatican reporter John Thavis described a document released this morning: In pastoral terms, the document published today by the Synod of Bishops represents an earthquake, the “big one” that hit after months of smaller tremors. The relatio post disceptationem read aloud in the synod hall, while defending fundamental doctrine, calls for the church to build [Read More...]

An important move at the synod?

Yes, says veteran Vatican observer John Thavis:  The Vatican just announced that Pope Francis has named six additional prelates to help write the revised relatio for the Synod of Bishops, to be released Monday. At the risk of oversimplifying, they all seem to be on the pope’s wavelength when it comes to promoting pastoral mercy. They will assist [Read More...]

Philadelphia unveils official icon and prayer for 2015 World Meeting of Families

The striking image, shown here, is the work of artist Neilson Carlin. It’s a rare depiction of three generations of Christ’s family—all with eyes fixed on Jesus, whose own eyes are fixed on us, the viewer. Visit his website to learn more about some of the beautiful religious images he’s created. There’s a very good profile [Read More...]

Thinking of living together before getting married? Read this first.

This won’t surprise a lot of us, but it is surprising to see it in The New York Times. Snip:   The research stems from a study that began with 1,294 young adults ages 18 to 34 recruited to the Relationship Development Study in 2007 and 2008. Over the next five years, 418 of the individuals [Read More...]


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