San Bernardino Bishop: Trump Administration immigration policy is an attack on the family

Separation of children from their parents violates Church teaching on human dignity, Bishop Barnes says

The following is an excerpt from a recent writing of Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino: We are called to take notice of and respond to specific situations and challenges that impact family life. One very painful and egregious example of this is recent reports of tactics now being carried out by federal immigration enforcement officials in regard to undocumented persons … [Read more...]

Only half of US children are being raised by their married parents

Study: "Students with stably-married parents are more likely to do well in school and less likely to cut classes, repeat grades, be suspended or expelled, or drop out”

One in two: that is the current number of children in the U.S. who are being raised by both their married biological parents throughout their childhood. “This figure is based on the proportion of 17-and-18-year-old high school students who were reported to be living with both their married birth mothers and biological fathers in 2016,” noted a report issued by the Institute … [Read more...]

Pope Francis establishes new theological institute for marriage and family

Motu proprio changes the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific perspective

On Tuesday Pope Francis issued a new motu proprio changing the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific perspective. The motu proprio, titled “Summa Familiae Cura,” meaning “Highest Care of Families,” was published Sept. 19 and officially established … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ post-synod document to be released April 8

Long-awaited response of Holy Father won't include any 'eyebrow raisers'

The following comes from a March 31 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life will be published April 8. Titled “Amoris Laetitia,” on love in the family, the document will officially be presented to journalists next Friday, … [Read more...]

Just because my son’s a priest doesn’t mean I’m a theologian

Growing group of Phoenix-area mothers whose children are discerning vocations

The following comes from a November 24 Catholic Sun article by Lindsay Wantland:. Carla Sperry never expected to be looked at as an expert in the Catholic faith. “Sometimes, even when my son was in the seminary, people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re the mother of a seminarian!’ and they would think that I would know so much about our religion.” A growing group of … [Read more...]

Conservative professor hounded out of his job by LGBT groups

Robert Lopez grew up with two moms - and says the situation was harmful

The following comes from a November 10 Patheos article by Kathy Schiffer: Robert Oscar Lopez grew up with two moms. Lopez, who is now a professor of English and Classics at California State Northridge, was raised by his lesbian mother and her partner. He was loved, but it was hard–he always felt like a misfit in society, and he didn’t learn the relationship skills that would … [Read more...]

Bishops hope to clear up confusion before Synod

New hard-hitting book, co-authored by Santa Rosa's Bishop Vasa, reiterates Church teachings

The following comes from a May 29 LifeSiteNews article by Lisa Bourne and John-Henry Westen: “The Synod is a solely consultative assembly that has no Magisterial weight in and of itself.” “Neither the Synod of Bishops nor any other Church authority has the competence to change the doctrine of the Church.” Those are a couple of the hard-hitting quotes in a newly released book … [Read more...]

Another tipping point

Births outside marriage The following comes from the February 20 edition of World Magazine. For the first time in American history, more than half of all births to American women under 30 are occurring outside of marriage. That’s what Child Trends, analyzing data from the National Center for Health Statistics, found out. The New York Times reported this over the … [Read more...]