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    In his October 2013 article on the question of communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, Cardinal Gerhard Müller underscored that the Catholic Church had risked much to uphold Christ’s teaching regarding true marriage’s indissolubility. The Prefect of the Congregation…

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    Why We Need More Canon Lawyers

    by Randall B. Smith

    We’ve all known administrators who were hired to do a certain job, but when they found they couldn’t do that job, they either tried to do everyone else’s job or else tried to change the job into something else completely. …

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    Fecundaphobia: On the Fear of Large Families

    by Rachel Lu

    The pharmacist was eyeing me strangely, and it was making me nervous. I glanced down at my clothes, then surreptitiously ran my tongue over my teeth. Then I noticed his eyes moving between me, my prescription, and the baby who…

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    Is Schism Inevitable in Germany?

    by Marie Meaney

    The crisis in the Catholic Church in Germany declared itself 45 years ago with the “Königsteiner Erklärung,” a declaration of the bishops regarding Humanae Vitae in 1968. Therein they toned down the Church’s teaching, leaving it up to the conscience…

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    The Future of Marriage Reconsidered

    by Rachel Lu

    Among American conservatives it seems to be common knowledge now that marriage is on the rocks. According to the Pew Research Center, just over half of American adults 18 and older are now married. This is a record low, and…

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    The True Face of “Happy Divorce” is Quite Ugly

    by Austin Ruse

    A feature film now in theaters tells the story of children devastated by divorce and the story of middle-aged adolescents living almost exclusively for themselves. The Way Way Back is the story of teen-age Duncan, who spends part of a…

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    Same-Sex Parenting: Child Abuse?

    by Robert Oscar Lopez

    Emotional abuse can be as bad as physical abuse. Any young person who’s heard the words, “I wish you were never born,” understands that adults can inflict tremendous damage on their dependents without leaving the slightest bruise. One of the…

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    Preparing for Marriage: A Bride’s Checklist of Questions and Answers

    by Ryan N. S. Topping

    June, they say, is the month for weddings.  If you’re involved in one this summer, as mother, father, bride, groom, or friend, you’re probably buried in lists.  There are: the cakes to be baked, the flowers to be cut, the…

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    What Jesus Really Said About Sins of the Flesh

    by Anthony Esolen

    I have often heard it said that our Lord did not care overmuch about sins of the flesh; for He was relentless in his attacks upon hypocrisy, pride, and avarice, but was so mild towards adulterers and fornicators that we…

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    How the West Really Lost God

    by Austin Ruse

    A few weeks ago Mitt Romney spoke at a college commencement exercise and encouraged the graduates to marry early and have a lot of children. He used the words “quiver full” taken from the Old Testament. The comment was unremarkable,…

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    Why We are Losing the Gay “Marriage” Debate (and How We Can Start Winning)

    by John Jalsevac

    Gay activists tell us that “gay marriage is inevitable.”  It’s a taunt devised to pick off the more faint-hearted clingers-on of traditional marriage by exploiting the human instinct to be on the winning side. And all too often, it works….

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    On State Culpability for Social Problems

    by Anthony Esolen

    In Philadelphia, about half of all students in ninth grade will graduate from high school. The dropout rate is especially high among black and Hispanic boys. President Obama’s answer to this problem is typical of the left: compulsion. Make dropping…

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    G. K. Chesterton: It’s Not Gay, and It’s Not Marriage

    by Dale Ahlquist

    One of the pressing issues of Chesterton’s time was “birth control.” He not only objected to the idea, he objected to the very term because it meant the opposite of what it said. It meant no birth and no control….

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    Why Marriage Matters

    by Regis Martin

    It was, not so very long ago, widely regarded in this country as morally wrong and, not infrequently, socially ruinous, for a man to walk out on his wife and children.  In 1961, for example, Nelson Rockefeller, who was then…

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    The Causes of Violence in America

    by Stephen M. Krason

    The airwaves and the opinion columns continue to discuss the terrible December 14 school massacre in Connecticut and have brought us additional stories of senseless multiple murders in places like Oregon and western New York. Much of the discussion is…

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    The Sexual Revolution and its Victims

    by Anthony Esolen

    What strikes me most powerfully about the defenders of the sexual revolution is their immovable abstraction.  Always the matter is couched in terms of rights, or individual desires—what I want, what I may pursue.  That this sexual laissez-faire destroys the…

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    Marriage’s Vanishing Act

    by Russell Shaw

    Is it possible that secular liberals, some of them anyway, are starting to realize  that knocking the supports out from under traditional marriage may not be such a great idea? If so, and if their next step is to think…

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    What Lies Beneath

    by Danielle Bean

    My husband and I are madly in love. I feel the need to announce this publicly because, on the surface, it can be hard to tell sometimes. Some days, the most romantic thing Dan and I do is grunt at…

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    Surrendering Marriage

    by John Zmirak

    June is a good month for surrenders. On June 25, 1940, France capitulated after Germany’s lightning defeat of Allied armies. The armistice that took effect that day ceded more than half the country to foreign occupation, and relegated the rest to…

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