Posts Tagged ‘families’

Jesuit theologian faults ‘intrinsically evil’ tag Comments 0

Friday, July 31st, 2015

A Jesuit moral theologian has taken issue with the labeling of some human acts as “intrinsically evil”. In a presentation at the so-called “shadow council” at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University in May, Fr Alain Thomasset, SJ, described such labelling is one of the main problems in the pastoral care of families. Understanding some acts as intrinsically evil, Read more

Pope says families who choose to be childless are selfish Comments 2

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Pope Francis has said that families that choose not to have children are making a selfish choice. The Pope said this in his general audience at St Peter’s Square on February 11, during which he continued a series of reflections on the various roles in the family. A society that “views children above all as Read more

Pasifika mums hope their children join a church Comments 0

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Many Pasifika mothers hope their children will belong to a church. However european mothers are far more likely to hope their children would grow up to respect cultural diversity. This is one of the findings survey of about 7000 expectant parents of children born in Auckland and Waikato in 2009-10. The $3 million-a-year Growing Up Read more

Mum said, “I don’t want to die” Comments 0

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

When Mum called to tell me she had cancer I didn’t answer. I looked up from my eggs on toast, registered her name flashing on my phone, and decided that whatever Mum wanted could wait. It waited until after I’d showered, watched an episode of Orange is the New Black, painted my nails a lurid green, Read more

Pope: Marriage is ‘not just a pretty ceremony’ Comments 0

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The sacrament of marriage is “not just a pretty ceremony” — through it a couple receive from God the grace they will need to fulfill their mission in the world, Pope Francis has told a Pilgrimage for Families. The pilgrimage, organised for the Year of Faith, attracted more than 100,000 people to St Peter’s Square. Read more

There’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ family Comments 0

Friday, October 18th, 2013

For his new book, author Andrew Solomon spoke with parents who have children completely unlike them — with autism, Down syndrome or dwarfism. SPIEGEL spoke with him about his findings and how they changed his parenting. SPIEGEL: Dr. Solomon, in your book you write about Jason Kingsley, who was a child star on “Sesame Street.” What’s Read more

The curse of small families Comments 0

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

We all know what’s coming. Everywhere in the developed world, populations are greying. The media are full of stories about the surge in the numbers of the elderly within the next 20 years, while governments have been pushing the age of retirement entitlements upward. Most of the spotlight has been on the new greybeards themselves—the Read more

Treating those we love like strangers Comments 0

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I was at the bookstore recently with my kids. The little ones were checking out the Legos while the older girls were lounging like hippies on beanbag chairs reading books we hadn’t bought. I noticed a mother was sitting nearby in the crowded cafe with her daughter, who seemed about thirteen or fourteen years old. Read more

Families only a means to an end Comments 0

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

This year’s Australian Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement focuses on the family. It is put into useful perspective by the publication the Bishops’ Pastoral Research Office September E-News Bulletin headlining the 2011 Census statistic that only 50 per cent of Catholics aged 15 and over are married. The often talked about nexus between marriage, the family, and the Catholic Read more

The gift of family in difficult times — Australian Catholic Bishops Comments 1

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The family is the first and fundamental school of social living: as a community of love, it finds in self-giving the law that guides it and makes it grow. The self-giving that inspires the love of a husband and a wife for each other is the model and the norm for the self-giving that must be practiced in Read more