• From the heart of a young father

    Bishops get a lot of unsolicited mail from strangers, some of it pleasant, some of it much less so. It goes with the job. But every once in a while a letter comes in that’s worth sharing with a wider audience. Last month, in preparation for the October 2018 synod, roughly 300 young adults from... Read more
  • ‘We Love Each Other So Much, We’re Getting Divorced’

    “We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now. There are no... Read more
  • What are Catholics to make of the royal wedding?

    A Catholic friend contacted me a few weeks ago in some indignation. Her parish priest had included a picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a message encouraging young people to think about getting married.  But surely it was all wrong to be appearing to hail the forthcoming royal event... Read more
  • Women Are the Heralds of ‘Humanae Vitae’

    Several years ago, Pope Francis reiterated Catholic teaching against contraception and drew this response from a self-proclaimed Catholic feminist: “Here was yet another example of the all-male hierarchy completely failing to understand what it is like to be a woman, or to live in a... Read more
  • John Paul II’s vision of family and marriage for the New Evangelization

      Editor’s note: This article was first published on April 25, 2014, shortly before Pope John Paul II was canonized by Pope Francis. It is re-posted today in recognition of the 13th anniversary of the death of Saint Pope John Paul II. As Catholics reflect on the legacy of St. John... Read more
  • The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa

    I never wanted to be a mom. It was never in my goals or my plan for life. And yet here I am, watching my three-year-old “mow”as I type away in the comfort of a camp chair in the shade of the garage. Right now this kid is the focus of most of my photos and social media efforts. He’s... Read more
  • Holy families: Parents set example of faith for kids

    If Unleash the Gospel is intended to reinvigorate the Church, then it must start with the domestic church — more commonly known as the family. In Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron’s pastoral letter, high importance is placed on strengthening Catholic families in southeast Michigan,... Read more
  • Only half of US children are being raised by their married parents

    Washington D.C., Mar 7, 2018 / 12:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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... Read more
  • 1-in-2: A New Estimate of the Share of Children Being Raised by Married Parents

    When it comes to today’s children, we often think about “privilege” in terms of the access to education, income, and good neighborhoods that some children benefit from and others do not. Certainly, these three forms of privilege matter for children’s welfare and for their shot at the... Read more
  • Fatherless Shooters … as Liberals Push for Fatherless Families

    A fascinating fact has emerged in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting: 26 of the 27 deadliest mass shooters in American history all happened to share one thing in common. What might that be? Your favorite liberal might pipe up with anything and everything from casting a vote... Read more