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Contraception, NFP, and the Ends of Marriage

Homily on Contraception, NFP, and the Ends of Marriage Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke  July 22, 2018 – Immaculate Conception  This week is the 50th Anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, which he wrote to address the question of whether or not contraception was morally acceptable.  He very beautifully and rationally articulated the Church’s constant […]

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This audio reflection from “In Conversation with God” discusses the importance of a well formed conscience. Conscience the Light of the Soul – Feb 26

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Cardinal Sarah: High-Ranking Prelates Are Trying To Change Christian Morality

The cardinal also said the West was ‘committing suicide’ by losing its Christian faith Senior churchmen are undermining Church teaching on life, marriage and the family, Cardinal Robert Sarah has said. In a speech in Belgium, the cardinal accused high-ranking prelates from “opulent nations” of trying to modify Christian morality, and attacked pressure groups that […]

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Transgenderism: A State-Sponsored Religion?

From Public Discourse Disagreement with pro-LGBT policies quickly gets one branded as anti-science. As Jonah Goldberg points out, this is an example of ideology using the language of science to camouflage itself. It turns out that actual science isn’t much help to transgender advocacy. The American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 notes gender dysphoria desistence rates of 70 to 97 […]

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4 Experts Offer Advice on How to Conquer Porn Addiction

“The addicted need to let go of their shame and reach out for help.” In 2015, the U.S. Catholic bishops approved Create in Me a Clean Heart: a Pastoral Response to Pornography, a statement discussing Church teaching on human sexuality and chastity, why production and use of pornography is always sinful, porn’s disastrous effects on individuals […]

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The Zealous Faith Of Secularism

Begin with a sobering fact. During the past ten years, some of the sharpest observers of our time have come to believe that the tectonic plates underlying Western civilization have shifted momentously. One result is a deep, creative struggle among the thoughtful for new imagery and fresh analogies to illuminate what’s perceived as a darkening […]

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The Costs of Following a “Nice” God

In his new book God is Not Nice (Ave Maria Press), Ulrich L. Lehner—a professor of religious history and theology at Marquette University—makes the case that for too many people in the West, God has become a personal life coach, a counselor, or even benign grandfather, rather than the awe-inspiring, untamed, demanding God that he truly is. […]

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The Tyranny of Tolerance

When the Supreme Court re-defined marriage in the Obergefell v. Hodgesdecision to include same-sex relationships, it was immediately clear that this sea change would create a conflict between this newly-discovered constitutional right, and the first freedom listed in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights: the right of religious liberty. Everyone from pundits and journalists to […]

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Retreat Poll

DRAFT SCHEDULE Friday, 4/13 6:00-7:30 PM – Check-in 7:10-7:30 PM – Evening Prayer 7:30-8:00 PM – Praise/Worship 8:00-8:45 PM – Talk 1 Fr. Paul 9:00-10:00 PM – Pastoral Prayer 9:00-10:30 PM – Fellowship Saturday, 4/14 7:40-8:00 AM – Rosary 8:00-8:25 AM – Mass (Fr. Buttrick) 8:30-9:30 AM – Breakfast 9:30-10:00 AM – Praise/Worship 10:00-10:45 AM […]

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