Why do some young people leave the Church? A new study investigates
.- A national two-year study released this week offers a look at why young people are leaving the Church as early as age 13.
The study was released today by St. Mary’s Press and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University (CARA).
Of those who left the Catholic Church, the median age for doing so was 13 years old, the study found. Seventy-four percent of the 214 former Catholics interviewed said that they decided to leave the Church between the ages of 10 and 20.
President Donald Trump admin creates office to ‘protect’ doctors’ consciences who refuse to do abortion
By Lisa Bourne, Follow Lisa, Jan 18, 2018 – 1:57 pm EST
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) established today a new division within HHS’s civil rights office to enforce conscience protection and religious freedom for healthcare workers.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) this morning.
US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas: Daily Mass helps me do my job the ‘right way’
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
By Lisa Bourne, Follow Lisa, Jan 15, 2018 – 11:37 am EST
January 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Justice Clarence Thomas goes to Mass before work not out of habit, but because it gives him the “strength to do what I have to do every day.”
Faith in God, he said, “gives you the wisdom, the insights, the capacity to do the work, to decide these things, the discipline. It gives content and meaning to the oath I took. At the end of my oath — and for this job I had to take two — you say ‘So help me God.’ It’s an oath to God. So, if you have a strong faith in God, then that oath gains in meaning and content,” he said.
EVANGELICAL COUNSELS FOSTER RELIGIOUS LIFE
by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant.com • January 17, 2018
Mark 10:21: “If you will be perfect, go, sell what you have … and come, follow me”
In the age of social justice when corporal works of mercy are all that matter, it’s important to recall the hermits and monks were all seeking Christian perfection based on Christ’s evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
In Matthew 19:11–12, Our Lord encourages the practice of celibacy for Heaven’s sake: “Not all can accept this teaching but those to whom it has been given. … there are eunuchs who have made themselves so for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let him accept it who can.”
January 10, 2018 (The Bridgehead) – When it was announced several weeks ago that Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government had decided to insist on an “attestation” from all organizations and non-profits applying for funding from the Canada Summer Jobs Program—an attestation that indicated that group’s support for abortion and transgenderism, among other things—I noted that although the Liberals were obviously trying to specifically target pro-life groups, that everyone from churches helping refugees to the Salvation Army would be rendered ineligible by this new ideological purity test. According to the National Post yesterday, it turns out that this is precisely the case:
FOURTH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT TEEN SUING TO GET AN ABORTION: Underaged girls in custody suing for right to abort their unborn childrenby David Nussman • ChurchMilitant.com • January 12, 2018 WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – In a court declaration filed on Thursday, a 17-year-oldpregnant illegal immigrant is accusing the federal government of denying her abortion access.The teenaged girl is in U.S. federal custody for entering the country illegally. She claims the Trump administration is thwarting her plans to go to an abortion mill.
The left-leaning American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing the girl in court.Free clip from CHURCH MILITANT Premium WATCH FULL VIDEO
The past three undocumented teens who went to court over abortion access did so in October through December 2017. They all won their respective cases, and presumably had their unborn children killed at abortion mills afterwards. (In one case, the teenager’s abortion was confirmed by reporters.)
The immigrant girl who filed the suit in Washington, D.C. on Thursday is being referred to as “Jane Moe” by some.
A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada
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 Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates.
Why Church Teachings on Chastity are Undeniably True?
Many years ago, in one of the standard editions of The Tempest that I had ordered for my students, I read an angry little essay whose proximate target was the mage Prospero, and whose ultimate target was anyone alive, particularly men, who would uphold a view of sexual morality one or two steps higher than, “I get to do what I want.” The author inveighed against Prospero’s supposed “control” over the sexuality of his daughter Miranda.
You may remember Miranda. She is the original Wonder Woman, that is, the woman worthy of wonder: that is what her name means, and if you are named Miranda, you are named after Shakespeare’s admirable young woman; I don’t know of any previous appearance of the name. “Oh wonder!” exclaims Ferdinand when he sees her for the first time. It is more than love at first sight. It is devotion, and admiration of excellence.
Editor’s note: Lepanto Institute President Michael Hichborn responds to a Dec. 14 statement at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome by Fr. Maurizio Chiodi that Responsible parenthood can obligate a married couple to use artificial birth control.
January 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Code of Canon Law, which is the universal law of the Roman Catholic Church, clearly establishes the obligation of fidelity to everything that has been definitively proposed by the Magisterium of the Church regarding faith and morals. (Ed. note: texts throughout have been bolded by the author.)
NEW FILM EXPOSES LIES BEHIND ROE V. WADE: Movie to unmask manipulative quest to legalize abortionby Stephen Wynne • ChurchMilitant.com • January 11, 2018 LOS ANGELES (ChurchMilitant.com) – A first-of-its-kind Roe v. Wade tell-all is coming to the silver screen.
Pro-life leader Dr. Alveda King is teaming with Academy Award winner Jon Voight and others to produce a feature-length film uncovering the real story of America’s legalization of abortion.
“Roe v. Wade: The Movie” will document the leadup to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision striking down legal protections for the unborn, exposing the popular narrative as a pro-abortion whitewash — a distortion of history by abortion sympathizers in politics and the media.
According to its website, the film opens with a look back at where it all began: the work of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger.