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JULY 2014 | VOLUME 6.7
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The teachings of Karol Wojtyła help us to recover the forgotten truth about what it means to be human


(Columbia) - Karol Wojtyła, the man who became St. John Paul II, regularly escaped from two of the worst totalitarian regimes in history: German Nazism, and later, Soviet Communism. By “escaped,” I do not mean that he ran away. Rather, as a priest and bishop, he escaped only by going deeper.


As the secret police patrolled the streets of Kraków, Father Wojtyła escaped into the mountains of Poland with young married couples. He enlisted not a militia but young men and women united by the permanent, faithful, fruitful bond of marriage — because he knew they were the target. The goal of totalitarian regimes is not simply to conquer lands, but to control a people’s entire culture, to change the unchangeable meaning of things.


So, there in the freedom of the mountains, Wojtyła went deeper still: He spoke about the unchangeable nature of the human person. He taught about the enduring meaning of marriage and the nature of the family. Years later as pope, John Paul II underscored these truths in his landmark document on the Christian family, Familiaris Consortio: “The future of humanity passes by way of the family” (86). MORE


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Researcher Questions Data in Same-Sex Parenting Study


(NCRegister.com) — A study claiming better well-being among children of same-sex couples was based on data that merits “healthy skepticism” due to “suspect science,” such as selective surveying, a sociology professor has said. “In such a charged environment, the public — including judges and media — would do well to demand better-quality research designs, not just results they approve of,” Mark Regnerus, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a July 9 essay at the Public Discourse website. His comments respond to the study “Parent-Reported Measures of Child Health and Well-Being in Same-Sex Parent Families: A Cross-Sectional Survey,” which was published June 21 in the journal BMC Public Health by researchers from the University of Melbourne. The study analyzed data from the "Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families," which received surveys from 315 Australian parents representing 500 children. MORE

Pornography recovery program helps 'fight the new drug'

(CNA).- The co-founder and executive director of an organization that fights pornography addiction among youth says he sees a need to continue raising awareness about the harmful effects of porn. “We want to change the attitude and perception of young people on this topic so that we can help preserve relationships, love, intimacy, spirituality and inspire a new generation to pursue real love and avoid its counterfeit,” Clay Olsen told CNA. Olsen helped found Fight the New Drug with the intention of helping to make a change in the culture after seeing the harmful effects of pornography on some of his loved ones. “When it comes to drugs and other types of addictions, we have curriculum, billboards, and campaigns to raise awareness, but when it comes pornography, our culture acts as if it doesn’t exist,” he said. The name for the organization was chosen specifically to portray the addictive nature of pornography. MORE


Diocese of Steubenville Respect Life Conference, September 6 >>


The vocation of the Christian family: to manifest Christ’s love in the world >>


LGBT foundation aims to counter Vatican family synod >>


Show joy of Christian family life, Denver archbishop teaches >>


Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Is a Mandate for Human Dignity >>


Concerns Over Girl Scouts Persist Following USCCB Investigation >>


North Carolina Lawmakers Stand by ‘Choose Life’ Plates >>


Knights of Columbus Pledge $1.4 Million for Special Olympics >>


Incredible 8-Year-Old Boy Helps His Disabled Little Brother Complete a Triathlon >>


Natural Family Planning praised for respecting women, nature >>


St. John Paul II, Gianna Molla to be World Meeting of Families patrons >>


Ariz. inmate's grueling execution lamented as preventable >>


Court allows 9/11 cross to remain standing at Ground Zero >>


Colorado Supreme Court: Stop the Same-Sex Marriage Licenses >>


Man Took 14-Year-Old For Three Abortions After Impregnating Her, Clinics Ignored the Rapes >>


Growing Number of Dads Home with the Kids >>


Religious liberty 'fundamental' to human dignity, bishops affirm >>


Ohio health dept. cracks down on three abortion centers for health violations >>


Toledo’s last abortion center loses license, scrambles to partner with hospital >>


Judges Strike Down Marriage Amendments in Virginia, Florida >>


The Challenges of Communicating Life and Love >>


Video: How Ryan Anderson Responded to a Gay Man Who Wants to Redefine Marriage >>

Human-Trafficking Report Shows Opportunity for Catholic Action


(NCRegister.com) — The global scourge of modern slavery known as human trafficking, including for labor and sex, has received its annual report card from the U.S. State Department. But the Catholic Church is actively engaged in finding new and creative ways to save and prevent more victims both at home and abroad. The 2014 "Trafficking in Persons" (TIP) report released on June 20 was well-received by the Catholic legislative author of the anti-trafficking legislation that sets the report’s standards for the elimination of trafficking. “Much of the report is good,” said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. “Many of the countries that are on Tier 3 [the lowest ranking] are where they ought to be, including Thailand and Malaysia.” Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela were downgraded on the State Department’s report to rank among the worst countries, which are not making significant efforts to meet the minimum standards of Smith’s Trafficking Victims Protection Act. MORE

Abortion Mills Fading Fast in Ohio


(NR) - Eighteen abortion clinics existed in Ohio when John Kasich took office as governor in 2011, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which describes itself as working “to advance reproductive health.” Eleven clinics operate today, and activists on both sides of the abortion debate expect that number to keep dropping. Soon, it could be in single digits. Toledo’s last abortion clinic, a facility operated by the Capital Care Network, may be the next to close, after its failure to obtain a legally required transfer agreement with a local hospital. A transfer agreement provides assurance that patients will be transported to the hospital in case of an emergency. The clinic lost its old transfer agreement with the University of Toledo Hospital because of an Ohio law enacted last year that bans taxpayer-funded hospitals from making such agreements with abortion clinics. A local private hospital that the clinic approached did not wish to enter into such an agreement. MORE


Abortion's grim reality may explain 'pro-choice' label drop


(CNA/EWTN News).- Abortion advocates' recent shift away from the term “pro-choice” could be due to improving medicine and technology showing the harsh reality and effects of the procedure. “Health is a popular buzz word for abortionists, but is much weakened as medical science shows women's health is harmed by abortion,” Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, told CNA. A July 28 article in the New York Times detailed how abortion rights activists are beginning to change the pro-choice label to more vague terminology, saying that they do not want to limit the abortion spectrum to the term. The issue has been transferred to the general labels of “women's health” and “economic security,” but advocates have still not found a suitable alternative name. MORE



New Health-Care Resource Links Catholic Patients, Providers


(NCRegister.com) — A new health-care website hopes to link together Catholic patients and health-care providers in order to address the cultural challenges facing Catholics around the country. “There’s more to being Catholic … than simply, ‘We don’t use birth control,’” psychologist Dr. Greg Bottaro said, explaining how the faith affects participation in the health-care industry. “There’s an integration between our faith and our professional life as a health-care provider, where we treat the person differently from the start.” Bottaro is the founder of WellCatholic, a website he hopes will link Catholic patients with doctors who uphold Catholic values in their health practices across all medical disciplines. “We’re created to be a resource for Catholics to find Catholic providers,” Bottaro said, “and at the same time, it’s a resource for Catholic providers to be recognized and supported for practicing according to Catholic values.” MORE

Working-class marriage rate hurt by weak church efforts


(CNA/EWTN News).- A “national retreat” from marriage could worsen social divides between the married and unmarried and plummeting rates are partly due to religious groups failing to reach the working class, says one scholar. “We have seen that Catholic and mainline Protestant churches have not been successful in reaching poor working class Americans and bringing them into the pews on a regular basis, particularly men,” W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project told CNA July 28. He said that religious communities, which have provided a significant source of community support for marriage, bear some responsibility for trends like the decline in marriage rates. Wilcox suggested churches need to “be more intentional in figuring out what kind of messages and ministries will be more effective in drawing working class and poor Americans back into the fold.” MORE

Same-Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church


(NCRegister.com) – Same-sex attraction has become an inescapable issue in modern society — from the political and cultural efforts to mainstream it to fights over same-sex “marriage” and employment in the Church. The extremely clear, humane and rational teachings of the Church on human sexuality have never been more essential and never been more misunderstood and mischaracterized. In particular, the cross carried by those with same-sex attraction who wish to live as faithful Catholics has become heavier as the subject dominates mainstream culture. Since 2008, Father Paul Check has been the executive director of Courage International, an apostolate providing support to people who have same-sex attraction but want to living chaste lives according to Catholic teaching. Before that, he was the Courage chaplain for the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn. MORE

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Surviving the First Year of Parenthood


When a couple discovers that they are expecting their first child, they know (hopefully) that they are in for some tremendous changes. This is the case no matter their age, no matter the size of their home or their income, and no matter how long they have been married. That the birth of the first child marks a time of incredible changes to a couple’s lifestyle and priorities is a universal truth. MORE


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A Perfect Storm

 

By Richard Doerflinger

 

As part of their longstanding pro-life effort, the nation’s Catholic bishops and the grassroots mobilizing network assisting them, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA), have urged Congress in recent years to do two things: maintain longstanding and widely supported policies against federal funding and promotion of abortion; and protect the conscience rights of those who respect human life in our health care system.
 
This month both goals came under attack, from two of the most extreme legislative proposals I have seen in over three decades of public policy work. Their enactment would create a “perfect storm” of policy against unborn human life, pushing pro-life convictions to the margins of public life.  Both bills are advanced using titles and slogans that mask what they do. MORE


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Life Matters: Explaining the Reality of Marriage to Family and Friends (en español)


William B. May recalls the importance of marriage between one man and one woman as the best environment to raise a child and notes that marriage best prepares couples to be parents.


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GREAT QUOTES

 

“It is not by proselytizing that the Church grows, but ‘by attraction.’” (Pope Francis)

 

“The family has the mission to guard, reveal and communicate love, and this is a living reflection of and a real sharing in God’s love for humanity and the love of Christ the Lord for the Church His bride.” (Pope St. John Paul the Great)



“Now, this is the most amazing thing when you think about it. Sperm, this little sperm, it does not have an immortal soul. And the ovum, you see, it does not have an immortal soul. And when the two come together, where does that immortal soul come from? The sperm doesn’t carry it. The egg doesn’t carry it. Where does it come from? It comes from a new act of creation by God. In each act of conception, there needs to be a new act of creation by God.” (Janet Smith)

 

“Don't worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.” (Dorothy Day)

NOTEWORTHY

FHFamily Honor, Inc. 


Rooted in Saint John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Family Honor seeks to is the premiere ministry for empower and equipping parents to educate and guide their children according to God's plan. 


Family Honor offers a variety of programs and resources for parents, as well as programs for parents and teens together.  Learn more from their website. 



THIRDWAY

The Third Way is a powerful video that seeks to bring together the truth of the Church's doctrine regarding homosexuality and the command of Christ to love one another. 


Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia has stated: "'The Third Way' is an exceptional film: a brief, articulate, deeply moving portrait of faithful Catholics living with same sex attraction. Anyone seeking to understand the human realities involved in a very difficult issue needs to see it." See it for yourself here.



UNFILTERED: Equipping Parents for an Ongoing Conversation about Internet Pornography


Covenant Eyes offers a great resource kit to help parents to protect their children from ever-growing saturation of pornography. They also offer an excellent video introduction on their website.




My House Columbus
is a non-pr
ofit lay apostolate working to promote sexual integrity through pornography prevention family protection, theology of the body information and resources, and accountability and healing networks. My House Columbus is a collaborative effort between Columbus Catholic Men’s Ministry, Columbus Catholic Women’s Ministry, and the Diocese of Columbus. My House offers three aspects: Protection, Healing, and Prevention. Learn more from their website.




CatholicPulse

Catholic Pulse is a service of the Knights of Columbus dedicated to bringing readers the top, daily headlines that Catholics need to know. We seek to present the news from the perspective of Catholics who want to know what’s happening in the Church, nation and world around them. From election coverage and breakthroughs in science, to breaking news and opinions around the globe, Catholic Pulse is the one-stop site that serves up those headlines quickly while providing further resources on social issues that are important to Catholics, such as the sanctity of life and marriage.  Learn more on their website.



 NCBCLooking for Catholic Bio-medical Ethics Information?  FREE consultations are available from the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC).  Established in 1972, NCBC conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, and derives its message directly from the teachings of the Catholic Church. According to their website, they guarantee that a credentialed ethicist will be available 24/7 to assist any person with those most difficult moral health care decisions one must make from the beginning to the end of life. In 2012 alone, the ethicists of the Center helped over 1500 individuals in their time of need; free of charge. Read more about them on their website.



CPYUThe Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers. At a time when an already confusing youth culture is changing quickly, CPYU helps parents, youth workers, educators, and others understand teenagers and their culture so that they will be better equipped to help children and teens navigate the challenging world of adolescence.  They offer a free e-Update and many other resources.  Read more on their website.

 

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