Month: April 2014

Gus Lloyd and I Discuss Men and Birth Control

I was interviewed late last week on the SiriusXM Catholic Channel’s “Seize the Day” with Gus Lloyd. We talked about my blog post on birth control that went somewhat viral in the Catholic blogosphere. So here it is: [xyz-ihs snippet=”InterviewGusLloyd”] Gus Lloyd and I Discuss Men and Birth...

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Infertility Awareness Week

A friend and Holy Apostles classmate, Rebecca Royse, author at The Road Home, asked me to include this on my blog in order to better generate awarness for the cause. Please read through it and share. Infertility Awareness Week, 2014: A Catholic Perspective One in six couples will experience infertility at some point in their marriage. Infertility is medically defined as the inability to conceive after 12 cycles of “unprotected” intercourse or 6 cycles using “fertility-focused” intercourse. A couple who has never conceived has “primary infertility” and a couple who has conceived in the past but is unable to again has “secondary infertility”. Many couples who experience infertility have also experienced miscarriage or pregnancy loss. This week, April 20 – 26, 2014 is National Infertility Awareness Week. We, a group of Catholic women who have experienced infertility, would like to take a moment to share with you what the experience of infertility is like, share ways that you can be of support to a family member or friend, and share resources that are helpful. If you are experiencing infertility, please know you are not alone. You are loved and prayed for and there are resources to help you with the spiritual, emotional, and medical aspects of this journey. The Experience of Infertility In the beginning of trying to conceive a child, there is much hope and anticipation; for some, even a small...

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Growing Up Without A Pope

As a convert I never got to grow up with a Pope. My picture of a Pope was quite skewed growing up. I always saw the Pope on a throne, letting his hand down for people to kiss his ring. I remember when I was 15 or 16 and my friend invited me to Life Teen. I accepted the invitation. He introduced me to a friend of his named John Paul. Okay, pause for a moment. You know when you meet someone who is named two first names? As in their last name is a first name too? Like Kevin Peter? (Yeah, that’s a real friend of mine.) Well I always found that bizarre when I was a kid. Didn’t their parents know better? Then I met John Paul. Two first names, as the first name?! You can do that? I asked him, “Why John Paul?” “You know… the Pope?” Duh! I felt like an idiot, which isn’t anything unusual for me. I suspected that his parents felt such a connection with this Great that they wanted their kid to grow up to be like him. Sort of like when people name their kid Apple. Okay it’s nothing like that. Being from the southwest, I grew up with people names Jesus. It’s more like that! But I didn’t grow up with a Pope. That was about as far as my thoughts went growing...

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Worried about ‘The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’? Don’t Be

In 2012 historian Karen King introduced to the world a small fragment that she purported to be from the 8th century written by the disciples of Jesus. Since then, many scholars have had the opportunity to inspect the fragment in order to determine its authenticity. The findings have been lopsided that it is a modern fraud, led by figures such as Brown University professor Leo Depuydt who compared the 3-inch piece of papyrus to a Monty Python sketch with its bolded lettering in the “wife” mention. However, Harvard University is said to soon release dissenting findings, that is an authentic fragment from an early period...

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Why I Used Birth Control, and Five Reasons I Wish I Hadn’t

UPDATE: Here is my part on Gus Lloyd’s SiriusXM’s Catholic Channel show “Seize the Day” about this article. Enjoy and share. Well, so much for a surprise in this blog. Used birth control, and wish I hadn’t. I also was pro-choice once. These philosophies made sense to me at one point in time. I got married at 22, my wife was 23. I was just as ambitious then as I am now. Only difference was I didn’t have a career or an education at that time. We were what I would still term “devout Christians”, though not yet Catholic, that came years later. We knew...

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