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Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

November 16, AD2017 2 Comments
Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

Have you ever considered foster parenting? In the recent debate about adoption, why did the debate focus only on expensive infant adoptions? Why don’t we do more for these kids who have had a hard life? These questions – except being a foster parent as a priest – keep coming up in my mind. In […]

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Adoption: Loving Option or Greatest Evil?

April 27, AD2017 11 Comments
Adoption: Loving Option or Greatest Evil?

To a pro-life advocate, adoption should be a self-evident solution to a tragic problem.  Yet, of the three choices presented to a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy–adoption, parenting the baby, or abortion –adoption is far and away the least frequent choice. According to the Guttmacher Institute (2011), there were 2.8 million unintended pregnancies in the United States. Of those, 1.2 […]

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Prepare for Christmas: Open Yourself to God in Prayer

December 22, AD2016 5 Comments
Prepare for Christmas: Open Yourself to God in Prayer

Almost 25 years ago, I spent Christmas with a family who had one son who was adored by everyone. However, that Christmas there was another child present who had been semi-fostered. She stayed with them for some weekends and most of the school holidays. Adoption At first, the girl looked bewildered and not a little […]

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Genealogy and the God Family

August 3, AD2016 4 Comments
Genealogy and the God Family

There is quite a bit of interest these days in genealogy. Websites like Ancestry.com offer their extensive databases and resources to trace a family’s lineage. With the advent of the Genome Project it is now possible to use DNA to chart your family tree. Imagine discovering that your ancestors were royalty! How about famous? Or […]

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Is This Love? Surrogates, Same-Sex Couples, and Motherless Babies

July 22, AD2014 191 Comments
Is This Love? Surrogates, Same-Sex Couples, and Motherless Babies

The story of two homosexual men in Texas who became fathers of twin boys via a surrogate appeared in my Facebook feed a couple of weeks ago, posted by a woman voicing her support for the men and her anger over their legal predicament. Each man is the biological father of one twin, and each wants […]

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An Advent Adoption Story

December 11, AD2013 5 Comments
An Advent Adoption Story

In his December 1 Angelus message, Pope Francis called the season of Advent \”a journey towards the horizon of hope.\” I want to tell you a story about one of the most amazing women I know, and the Advent journey of international adoption that she embarked upon this year. A Heart for Adoption This woman […]

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Adoption: More Than Just an Option

November 7, AD2013 9 Comments
Adoption:  More Than Just an Option

 “My birth mother gave me life so my mother could teach me how to live it.”  ~ Jacqueline, an adoptee ~  “The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.” Blessed Pope John […]

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Openness to Life by Way of Adoption

February 4, AD2013 2 Comments
Openness to Life by Way of Adoption

With the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade having just passed, Catholics have (rightly) been focusing quite a bit lately on the subject of life.  I love that people are using Facebook, Twitter and blogging platforms to share God\’s beautiful vision for the dignity of the human person–and I know that people are listening.  The […]

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