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    I was recently asked to sit before college undergraduates on a panel of philosophers, theologians and counselors tasked with discussing the impact of pornography on our culture. Specifically, I was asked to reflect on the widely confirmed fact that regular…

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    The Health Benefits of Not Getting Pregnant

    by Richard Becker

    I guess you can’t argue with science. In case you haven’t heard, various studies claim that not having a baby is considerably safer than having a baby. Epidemiologically and statistically, they argue, the risks of pregnancy and childbirth are greater…

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    Aim of Family Synods: Harmonize Doctrine and Pastoral Care

    by Eric Johnston

    A recent interview of  Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga in a German newspaper underscores the stress lines surrounding the upcoming synods, in October 2014 and October 2015, “On Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”  It can help…

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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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    A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada

    by Mark Regnerus

    There is a new and significant piece of evidence in the social science debate about gay parenting and the unique contributions that mothers and fathers make to their children’s flourishing. A study just published in the journal Review of the…

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    Sex and the Public Order

    by James Kalb

    Sex and the institutions, customs, and restraints related to it are basic to social order. That claim shouldn’t be controversial, and it’s odd that it has become so. Older political philosophers such as Aristotle, who viewed man as naturally social,…

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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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    Hopeful News from the Marriage Front

    by Rachel Lu

    America is a pro-marriage country. After debating the value of matrimony for several decades, Americans have come down firmly in favor of tying the knot. Cue the wedding bells. Some readers may be scratching their heads at this point. That…

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    Sex Affirmed

    by Pete Jermann

     When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (1 Cor 13:11) A society that trashes marriage will be…

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    Against the Senseless Destruction of Churches

    by Anthony Esolen

    Last year, L’Eglise de Notre Dame de l’Assumption, in the old fishing port of Arichat, Nova Scotia, celebrated its 175th anniversary.  Its twin spires overlook the bay where John Paul Jones, to Americans a hero but to loyal Canadians a…

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    Families and Fallacies

    by Donald DeMarco

    The late Rodney Dangerfield, whose signature statement was “I get no respect,” claimed that when he tried to explain to his wife that he, like wine, gets better with age, she locked him in the cellar.  There is usually an…

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    How the West Really Lost God: An Interview with Mary Eberstadt

    by Gerald J. Russello

    Editor’s note: This interview of Mary Eberstadt, conducted by Gerald J. Russello, was first published July 21, 2013 in The University Bookman under the title “Faith and Family: A Two Way Street” and is reprinted with permission. Eberstadt is a…

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    Contemporary Challenges to Family Unity

    by John A. Cuddeback

    Absence often manifests the importance of presence. I think of my one year old son Raphael. When my wife is not at home, he looks at me and utters a plaintive interrogative, “Mama?” “Mama will be home soon,” I respond,…

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    The Challenge of Defending the Normal

    by Dale Ahlquist

    We continue to reel from the blows dealt by the Culture of Death. The attack on life, and particularly on the family, that institution which is the incubator and nourisher of life, continues relentlessly. Our states and our courts have…

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    The Radical Meaning of “Gay Marriage”

    by James Kalb

    Sixty-five years ago Richard Weaver wrote about the destruction caused by the triumph of nominalism, the denial of the reality of transcendentals such as the good, beautiful, and true. He wanted to reverse it, and insisted on the importance of…

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    The Supreme Court’s Misuse of Children to Justify Same-Sex Marriage

    by Robert R. Reilly

    Of all the misconceived nonsense in the recent Windsor v. United States ruling, perhaps the most egregious was Justice Anthony Kennedy’s insinuation that “the children made me do it.” Windsor declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional because it defined…

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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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    The Sheer Joy of Fatherhood

    by Arland K. Nichols

    Recently I ran into my former advisor at Texas A&M University whom I hadn’t seen for nearly a decade. While I held my son Thomas in my arms, I shared with him the details of my pro-life work for Human…

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    The French Defy Socialists over Gay Marriage

    by Joseph Meaney

    Many should be aware of the massacres and massive human rights violations visited upon the Catholic Church during the French Revolution, especially in the Vendée, but there is another more recent period in French history in which the Church was…

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    Gay Scouting as the New Normal

    by Bruce Frohnen

    My favorite of Russell Kirk’s many books always has been Enemies of the Permanent Things.  This wonderful, at times ironic, volume is a collection of social commentary, hopeful reminders of work still being done by important thinkers, and biting criticism….

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    Why “Value” Families?

    by Bruce Frohnen

    In responding to a recent post of mine criticizing our liberal culture for its hostility toward the traditional family, a commenter wrote: “I don’t know a single liberal who … doesn’t value (and participate in) both traditional and non-traditional families.”…

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