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One step forward, two steps back. That’s how the culture wars sometimes feel these days. Last week I was pleased to write about a Supreme Court decision that protected the right of a Catholic adoption agency to abide by Catholic beliefs in only adopting children into families with a mother and a father. This week,…

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Respect, compassion, care, kindness, empathy, and love. These actions come about when people recognize the inherent dignity in every person. And nowhere is it more important to understand people’s inherent dignity than in a capacity where someone has to take care of another or provide for his well-being. This occurs most often in the medical…

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Dear Daughter of God, This may be a difficult letter to read, but I write it out of love and concern for your well-being. I understand that pornography is an uncomfortable subject, and its consumption is likely something you feel embarrassed or ashamed about. I know that watching porn is something you’ve been trying to…

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Previous articles in this series: What Is the Theology of the Body? Human Dignity and the Conjugal Meaning of the Body The Beginning: The Original Unity of Man and Woman Purity of Heart Resurrection of the Body Christian Virginity and Celibacy for the Kingdom of God The Sacrament of Marriage   In our previous article…

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The official dictionary definition of the term “gaslight” is to “manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.” I thought of this term the other day after I read two paragraphs in a CNN article, originally published on Tuesday, March 30, about how South Dakota governor Kristi Noem issued two executive orders stating…

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What is NFP? Natural family planning (NFP), often referred to as fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), is based upon pinpointing the fertile times in a woman’s body by observing and charting the natural signs in her menstrual cycle. There are several different ways to classify the primary methods of natural family planning. Some of these definitions…

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A few days ago the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) somehow captured global headlines for doing something that is not particularly noteworthy, and certainly not surprising. In a brief statement – called a Responsum – the CDF responded to a question about whether or not the Church can offer “blessings” to…

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In our previous article, we gave a summarized and simplified reflection on the resurrection of the body as taught in the third cycle of catechesis (64-72) of St. John Paul II’s theology of the body. In this article we will continue these reflections, moving on to the fourth cycle of the Holy Father’s catechesis (73-86),…

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In our previous article we discussed the topic of purity of heart, as taught in the second cycle of catechesis (24-63) of St. John Paul II on the theology of the body. This article continues with the third cycle of the Holy Father’s catechesis (64-72) on the topic of the resurrection of the body. This…

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