Posts Tagged ‘Family Life’

First thoughts on Amoris Laetitia Comments 0

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

On a spring day about five years ago, when I was rector of Mundelein Seminary, Francis Cardinal George spoke to the assembled student body. He congratulated those proudly orthodox seminarians for their devotion to the dogmatic and moral truths proposed by the Church, but he also offered some pointed pastoral advice. He said that it Read more

Why people are not having children Comments 0

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Pope Francis is widely believed to be a cool Pope—a huggable, Upworthyish, meme-ready, self-deprecating leader for a new generation of worshippers. “He has described himself as a sinner,” writes Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Pope Francis’ entry on Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world,  “and his nonjudgmental views on … issues such Read more

Tips for a happier home Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

What makes for a happy home? Is it having plentiful sofas, nice neighbours, or perhaps super-fast Wi-Fi? Believe it or not, they all make the list according to a recent study cited on the Be Home Blog. As well as some (perhaps more surprising?) factors which would seem to make for less family time, but Read more

The Synod and its work of discernment Comments 0

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Although the Synod of Bishops on the family has sparked frank discussions about the direction of the church, the American archbishop who represents U.S. Catholics at the event said Friday it is “doing what it’s supposed to do.” In an interview with NCR, U.S. bishops’ conference president Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said the synod is starting Read more

What you need to know about the Synod Comments 0

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

On Sunday, Pope Francis convenes a special type of meeting of bishops — one held only two other times — meant to start a frank debate about the church’s teachings and practices with which Catholics seem to most disagree, struggle with and ignore: family, marriage and sexuality. The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Read more

Catholics looking to the Synod for a touch of reality Comments 2

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

In the mid 1990s my husband and I lived together before we were married. In the interest of family peace we kept our living arrangement secret from my devoutly Catholic grandparents who would not have approved. I wonder what my grandparents, who died a few years ago, would have thought about Pope Francis’ decision last Read more

Irish bishops issue statement on Vatican survey findings Comments 0

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Ireland’s bishops have issued a public statement about the local results of the Vatican survey on family life, in a reversal of a previous decision. The bishops acknowledged that Church teaching can sometimes be a challenge, with some respondents seeing the teaching “as disconnected from real-life experience”. Continue reading   Related Posts:NZ Bishops ask that 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

Condom advert paints a painful picture of family life Comments 0

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

An award winning advertisement for condoms  paints a painful picture of family life. Beginning with a disclaimer “Don’t get me wrong. I love kids. They’re adorable and tons of fun to be around,” it goes on to  “shows just how much damage kids can do”. The minute-long  commercial has been described at “borderline melodramatic genius” by Read more

I’m glad my parents were hard on me Comments 0

Friday, July 5th, 2013

My mother used to say a phrase I’ll never forget. As a teenager, there were times that I would refuse to do as she asked, would stomp my feet in anger, or argue that she didn’t love me. But she would always reply, “Wait until you’re a mother and you’ll see why I worry about Read more