by Ben Johnson
This article was first published October 31, 2014, at LifeSiteNews.com.
The New York state Court of Appeals has trimmed back a state law banning incestuous marriages, allowing an uncle and niece to marry one another. The decision allows the woman, a Vietnamese immigrant, to avoid deportation. Read more…
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I’m trying my hand at novel writing. My oldest is eager to read my book. I’ve caught her a couple of times trying to read over my shoulder as I type, but I’ve told her she’s too young for it. At dinner she asked, “Can I just read the parts that I’m not too young for?” I said she can read it when it’s published. She’ll probably have children of her own by then, so it should be all good.
Then my seven-year-old said, “Maybe your book will be made into a movie.”
“That would be great!” I said, impressed that she was looking out for the success of her momma.
But then she added, Read more…
The Ruth Institute has a Dream that every child be welcomed into a loving home with a married mother and father.
The Ruth Institute has a Vision: The Survivors of the Sexual Revolution change the narrative around sex, marriage, and family and create a cultural climate favorable to lifelong married love. The Survivors include, but are not limited to: Adult Children of Divorce; Successful, but Heartbroken Career Women; the Reluctantly Divorced; Donor Conceived Adult Children; Post-Abortive Women. The Survivors of the Sexual Revolution are resolute, courageous people, who reach out to offer help and healing to the younger generation.
The Ruth Institute has a Mission: We inspire the Survivors of the Sexual Revolution to recover from their negative experiences and to share their stories with the young.
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My friend Robert Oscar Lopez has been writing about his on-going problem of being systematically harassed by the Gay Establishment. One of the precipitating events was the “Bonds that Matter” conference, held in Simi Valley, CA, on October 3.
My organization, the Ruth Institute, was proud to act as co-sponsor to that historic event. The conference gathered together experts on a variety of current policies that damage the legitimate interests of children: their interests in having stable relationships with both their parents, and in having a secure knowledge of their own heritage and identity. The Ruth Institute enthusiastically supports these objectives. I spoke on the problem of divorce.
Many of Dr. Lopez’s students were in attendance at this event. I could tell that much of this material was new to them. As I was speaking, I was watching “the wheels turning” in their minds, as they considered my points that no-fault, unilateral divorce creates structural injustices for children. Read more…
Recognize that most people are thinking of themselves most of the time. Seeing this about your spouse will save you a lot of disappointment. Seeing this about yourself will help you realize what your spouse has to put up with.
How many times have you launched into the intricacies of the all-consuming project your working on, only to take a breath and have your spouse change the subject to whatever all-consuming task he or she is working on? Then when your spouse pauses, you go back to talking about your thing, slightly annoyed that he or she changed the subject. But no matter how important and interesting you think your project is, the world still doesn’t revolve around you. If anything, it revolves around the two of you as a pair. Access your inner child, go back to kindergarten, and learn how to share.
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by Samantha Schroeder, a Ruth Institute “It Takes a Family” 2012 conference attendee
This article was first published at ethikapolitika.org on October 9, 2014.
Why is it that we continue to refer to “marrying up” in predominantly socioeconomic terms, as if we’ve just signed a contract for a kitchen renovation instead of a nuptial covenant between two loving persons?
The oft-discussed idea of “marrying up” pervades online journalism, from a New York Times piece by Stephanie Coontz, “The M.R.S. and the Ph.D.” to Kate Bolic’s piece in The Atlantic about the “radically shrinking pool of what are traditionally considered to be ‘marriageable’ men—those who are better educated and earn more than [women] do.” The ideas expressed Coontz’s article—that the material concerns of intellectual and fiscal prosperity trump all others—reminded me of a comment that my mom and my grandmother made of my last college boyfriend: “You can do better, you know that, right?” Read more…
Perhaps they’re just pleased that I’m finally washing all those clothes.
Here’s my laundry method. There’s a reason I’m spelling it out for you. Wait for iiiiiiiittttt!
1. Procrastinate until laundry basket is full to overflowing.
2. Pick up scattered articles of clothing that have fallen off the laundry heap and shove them back in the basket. Read more…
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Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI at the close of the Synod on the Family. This means two things. First, the Church officially recognizes the personal sanctity of Paul VI. Second, the Church has no intention of backing away from its ancient teachings on artificial contraception. For Paul VI is the author of the 1968 surprise encyclical, Humanae Vitae. He dashed any hope, inside or outside of the Catholic Church, about a “new day dawning” on the subject of contraception. And this is why Pope Francis’ decision to honor Paul VI is especially significant. The rich and powerful who promoted the over-population hysteria back in 1968, don’t look so smart today. Meanwhile, Paul VI’s predictions have been proven correct. And we can see now, that he was the one defending the weak, against predatory governments.
Pope Paul VI: Prophet
Against all the “winds of change,” Paul VI reiterated the ancient teaching of the Catholic Church. (In fact, the prohibition on contraception had been the universal teaching of all the Christian churches right up until 1930, but I digress.) In spite of all pressure arrayed in favor of artificial birth control, Paul VI predicted that this social experiment would end badly.
In paragraph 17 of Humanae Vitae, called Consequences of Artificial Methods, Paul VI makes his predictions, all of which have come to pass. Who can deny that we have an “increase in marital infidelity?” Who can deny that there has been a “general lowering of moral standards?” Who can deny that we have obliterated the incentives for “young people to avoid temptation?” Who can deny that men have “lost their reverence for women?”
But his analysis of the misuse of governmental power deserves special Read more…