Consumption and Family Life

Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice – Annual Conference Rome, Italy – October 14, 2011 Andrew V. Abela, Ph.D. I was asked to make some comments on how to apply Catholic Social Doctrine in your own lives, within your own families, particularly in your consumption decisions. And I have been asked to do this from a practical, […]


Family! Become What You Are!

A Look into the Family as a Communion of Life By Elise Crawford In his 1994 Letter to Families, Blessed John Paul II commented that the family is the way of the Church. By this, he meant that it is through the family that every human person receives and experiences his humanity and individuality. The […]


The End of Marriage

by John Brungardt “What each thing is when fully developed, we call its nature,” Aristotle tells us. The intrinsic meaning of things is to be identified with the complete expression of that meaning: all things are naturally aiming at their own proper perfections. This maxim applies, says Aristotle, “whether we are speaking of a man, […]

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The State’s Involvement in Marriage

Having taught marriage and sexuality to undergraduates for over ten years at four different Catholic universities, there are two things I have learned about college students’ perception of the current debate over legally-recognized same-sex marriage.


The Relationship between Economy and Sexuality

Interview with Chad C. Pecknold, Ph.D. Interview Transcribed by Katelyn Rogers (Crosier Staff) How does the free market economy shape our thinking about sexuality? If you tried to locate the place of market-exchange in ancient Athens, you could locate a very specific point on the city map. But look at any modern city and try […]


On Contraceptives

An Interview with Fr. James Brent O.P., Ph.D. Interview conducted by Mallory Nygard and Andrew Miller (Crosier Staff) It is common knowledge that the Catholic Church does not condone the use of contraception in marriage. Perhaps we should begin with a definition. What is the definition of contraception?  Contraception, as the Church understands it, is a […]

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Aristotle on the Family

Philosophy in the Catholic Church By Jeffery Dirk Wilson, Ph.D Why should a Catholic be interested in what Aristotle has to say about the family? Church teachings are clear, after all. Who needs a pagan Greek philosopher in such a case? To answer that question, we need to consider the circumstance of the committed Catholic in […]

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Sex and the City of God

Exploring the Connection between Sex and Life Issues By John S. Grabowski, Ph.D. According to recent reports and columns in the New York Times, in his September interview, Pope Francis decried the Church’s recent “obsession” with issues such as homosexuality, abortion, and birth control, and “brushed aside the contraception wars” (New York Times [New York], […]


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