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Study: Age Of Pornography Exposure Affects How Men View Women

Pornography exposure affects men’s attitudes towards women, but in different ways depending on the age when they are first exposed, a new study suggests. “We found that the younger a man was when he first viewed pornography, the more likely he was to want power over women,” said lead...

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Study Finds More Americans Are Approving Of Polygamy

A new poll shows that seventeen percent of people in the U.S. now find polygamy to be morally permissible, citing an increase of acceptance among non-religious people as a major factor. “Though polygamous societies often justify their lifestyle on religious grounds, it is Americans who do not...

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Going To The Dogs

An eagle-eyed friend of mine recently caught a headline describing a “canine-inspired lifestyle.” It was a revelatory moment, for it seemed to capture the increasingly pet-centric world we live in. Chalk this up as one more example of “first world problems,” but our pets are getting better...

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NFP: It's Not Just A Catholic Thing Anymore

Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2017 / 03:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For some, it was a health-conscious decision. For others, it was environmental. For still others, it was faith-based. But no matter the reason, more and more women are ditching the pill and opting for fertility awareness methods as a...

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Seven Things You Might Not Know About NFP

It’s a sad fact of modern life that even among Catholic women, artificial contraception remains the norm. It’s a source of great hope and joy that Natural Family Planning is gaining ground and not just in Catholic circles. When a positive discussion of Natural Family Planning methods makes it...

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Is The Single Life A Vocation? Maybe We're Asking The Wrong Question.

Denver, Colo., Jul 20, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- From a young age, Catholics are taught to pray about and discern their vocations – whether they're called to marriage, to the religious life, to the priesthood, or consecrated single life.   This can leave the lay single person feeling that...

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NFP Week For The Rest Of Us

I’m sure it’s already on your calendar, but just in case you weren’t aware, NFP Week kicks off on July 23! While I wait for fellow NFP’ers to catch their breath from the excitement, I’ll briefly touch on what NFP actually is for the uninitiated. NFP is the acronym for Natural Family Planning,...

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Help Your Children Enjoy A Healthy, Happy Summer

While your children are on summer vacation, they’ll likely spend more time in front of televisions, cell phones and computers. To help them enjoy a healthy, happy summer, parents can set time limits for screen time and pay special attention to what their kids eat — especially since they’ll spend...

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The Role Fathers Must Play For Their Children And Society

The celebration of Father’s Day is an event that goes much further than the giving of gifts and cards. It is a reminder of the transcendental act that the father of the family plays.  “To be a father is a full-time job and a commitment for life, which begins right at the moment when a human...

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Wholly Family: The Joy Of Foster Care

A typical weekday in the Twal household usually starts at 6 a.m., with the telltale pitter-patter of multiple pairs of energetic little feet, followed shortly thereafter by the familiar overlapping refrain of three ravenous growing boys: “Mom, I’m hungry!” As Michelle Twal gets breakfast...

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Why Women Aren't Choosing Adoption – And How Pro-Lifers Can Change That

Washington D.C., May 29, 2017 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At 21 years old, Millie Lopus was pregnant and scared. A rising college senior at Loyola University Maryland, she was being pressured into having an abortion by her ex-boyfriend, the father of the child. But after he drove Millie to a...

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Sexual Exploitation Can Happen Without A Family Noticing

“Rita” was sexually exploited for two years, without anyone in her family noticing. During that time, the adolescent went to school, slept at home every day and attended her confirmation classes and Mass on Sundays. Anyone would have thought that she had a normal life but, in reality, it was a...

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Violence Within The Home Affects The Entire Community

“Sometimes we think that domestic violence only involves intimate partners, however, it can transcend to the community,” said Dr. Ana Nogales, clinical director and founder of the “Casa de la Familia” organization, pointing to the recently lived tragedy in a San Bernardino school. Cedric Anderson...

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Costly Weddings Could Be Crippling For New Marriages

Denver, Colo., Apr 19, 2017 / 03:27 am (CNA).- Noting the sharply increasing costs of weddings, marriage advocates have begun to urge couples to be less extravagant in their nuptial celebrations for the good of their relationships. “We ran a survey [in early 2013] with a law firm that looked...

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Why Nullity Cases Always Include A Defender Of The Bond

Santiago, Chile, Apr 19, 2017 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the process of declaring the nullity of marriage there is a position of  utmost importance which allows the judges to reach the moral certainty required to make their judgement: the office of the defender of the bond. A marriage is...