Life got you down? A little perspective–and gratitude–helps. Just ask Army Lt. Nick Vogt.
Pope Francis, the “Pope of everyday life,” has been on the job just six months. But his message is clear: Depend on God’s mercy. Live God’s mercy. Give God’s mercy.
Many Catholics don’t accept the truth about marriage because they don’t accept—or even know—the truth about sex. It’s time to break silence and tell them the truth.
Boy Scouts in uniform marched in last weekend’s Utah gay pride parade, in spite of official Boy Scouts rules against public advocacy. For these Scouts, the gay pride message trumped the Boy Scout regulations. It’s a sign of things to come. Given the ease with which the ‘out and proud’ Boy Scouts rolled past official Scout policies, I suspect the BSA will continue to give ground…until there’s nothing left on which to stand.
It’s simplistic to suppose that the only issues posed by integrating openly gay youth into scout troops will be issues of kindness and inclusion. It will be tough, if not impossible, for the Church to include gay Scouts without confronting, head-on, the deep divide between Catholic sexual morality and the secular creed of sexual “tolerance.”
Moms need mentors too. Our fast-moving consumer culture under-appreciates the value of shaping a child’s heart and soul—and moms feel keenly that lack of support. Catholic moms, committed not only to raising their children well in secular terms, but also to raising them right in the eyes of God, are looking for something akin to spiritual mothering.
Does the Girl Scouts USA do anything to prevent its brand power, funds, and resources from supporting WAGGGS’ global advocacy for sexual rights and abortion? Corporate responsibility demands as much. After all, GSUSA stakes its relationship with families and churches on the credibility of its promise to ‘take no position’ on sexuality and abortion.
That will be the huge task confronting the next Pope: to defend not only God but also the dignity of the human person, in a world that has so lost sight of God, that it no longer understands its own humanity.
Do Catholics you know insist that President Obama still has their vote? If so, maybe it’s time to talk “sin” and “co-dependency.” They’ve got to let go.
Respect for life is so fundamental to Catholic teaching that organizations—like the Girl Scouts– that advocate against life should be disqualified from sponsorship by a Catholic parish.