Mark Sanders is an addiction counselor at St. Raphael’s and he explains how pornography is addictive and that it can rewire the brain. According to Mark the average age of a child’s first exposure to pornography is 10 to 12 years old.
"The Equality Act is certainly a broadside frontal assault on religious freedom, and specifically, those who hold what are becoming the so-called 'wrong views' about controversial issues like the morality of homosexual behavior, about the definition of marriage, about the distinction between the sexes," said Greg Baylor, senior counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom. "It would impose a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) nondiscrimination obligation in a whole host of settings. We're talking about businesses, places of public accommodation in their relationships with customers."
Baylor listed other groups that would be affected by the proposed Equality Act: employers, landlords, public schools, private schools, recipients of federal financial assistance, higher education, and many religious social service agencies.
Rebecca Dussault, a 2006 Winter Olympian in cross-country skiing and a world champion winter triathlete, warns that, "We are wading into some really dangerous waters” in allowing transgender participation in female sporting events.
“We as a people need to consider the consequences right now before the whole can of worms is opened,” said Dussault in an interview on Respect Life Radio, a weekly radio show based in Denver. “I am all for all people getting to express themselves through sport. But I am for fairness.”
Dussault, a wife and mother of six, has been described as a “multi-sport momma” for her achievements in cross-country skiing, winter triathlons and other sports. An Idaho resident, she coaches women to be “healthy, happy and holy” moms through FitCatholicMom.com.
Dussault's Catholic faith, her experience in international sporting competitions and a concern for the well-being of female athletes were evident in the 27-minute Respect Life Radio interview with host Deacon Geoff Bennett.
The interview with Rebecca Dussault is through the Catholic Speakers Organization. To book a speaker, go to CatholicSpeakers.com.
"We take babies that never make it home from the hospital into our care and reverently place [them] in a Rite of Committal...about once a month," said John Miller, outreach coordinator for Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of northern Colorado, which includes Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Wheat Ridge. "It's open to people of all faiths."
"I did abortions the first two years of my residency," said Dr. John Bruchalski, who is the founder of who is the founder of pro-life Tepeyac OB/GYN and Divine Mercy Care in Virginia. "I terminated Down Syndrome. I terminated really sick babies. I terminated babies with no kidneys. And these are all quote-unquote 'incompatible with life.' But you never get rid of the disease by getting rid of the people with the disease..."
"...When you love the child in the womb of its mother, as long as the good Lord provides, you can...parse those diseases into livable, lovable and treatable."
“The great miracle of the last century is that, for most of the world, developing market economies have allowed them to actually enter that “circle of exchange” [as St. John Paul II said] and so we have at this point in history...the smallest percentage of people in the world living in dire poverty. That to me is a much more important question than if somebody else has more stuff than I do,” said David Deavel, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and the editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture.
This is Part 2 of a two-part podcast. Listen to Part 1 at this link.
“In almost every socialist system, you're going to end up with one group of people who are in the government, who are running things on behalf of the people...and they're going to end up having the power and the money for themselves,” said David Deavel, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and the editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture.
Young people attracted to socialism “may think of it simply as part of that welfare state ideal and they've been taught, 'Everything works better in Sweden' or something like that,” said Deavel. “And what they don't understand is that those Nordic countries actually did have fairly socialist arrangements in the 1970s. But what they led to was absolute stagnation. So many of them had to open up their economies in order to keep up their large welfare state.”
The “Catholic social tradition has largely been open to market economies within a strong juridical framework and with the caveat that, look they can go bad if the culture around them goes bad. Why is that? John Paul II said in Centesimus Annas — his 1991 encyclical — that one of the things that's needed for poor people is that they can enter into the circle of exchange."
Deavel continued, "And when you enter into that circle of exchange, profit's going to be a part of that. But in order to succeed in it, you have to be meeting people's needs, both your consumers, as well as the people who are investing, and working for you, as well. And when you have that balance, I think people are not as attracted to these sort of wild-eyed socialist ideals, when they see that no, this can actually work. But the trick is, of course, having a good legal and political framework, as well as — most importantly — having a culture in which the right things are valued..."
This is Part 1 of a two-part podcast. Listen to Part 2 at this link.
"Every Sunday, when we pray the Creed, we profess our faith in things visible and invisible," said Fr. Gary Selin, who is a Formation Advisor, as well as an Assistant Professor, at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. "The invisible refers primarily to the angels, that God created both material things and the spirit world..."
See also this Denver Catholic article from 2012, "Angels: the invisible heroes among us," in which Fr. Selin is interviewed.
“Today we serve the elderly in over 30 countries around the world and count on a diverse network of collaborators to help us fulfill our mission,” said Sister Joseph Marie, vocations director of the Little Sisters of the Poor Mullen Home for the Aged in Denver. “As it says in our mission statement: We offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as a family, and accompanied with dignity until God calls them home to Himself.”
"I had a mom who sent me a picture of her high-school daughter, who picked up the book in their kitchen, and sat down and read it straight through in two days and said, 'Mom, this is exactly what's going on in my school,'" said Leila Miller, co-author of "Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues," in Part 2 of this two-part interview on Respect Life Radio. Listen to Part 1 here.
The book addresses hot-button issues, including:
- Sex Outside of Marriage
- Same-Sex "Marriage"
- Reproductive Technologies
The Respect Life Office of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver also provides presentations at your parish, school or community group. This can be an introduction to the overall goal of the book — helping kids get to heaven — as well as giving you resources to address specific topics at age appropriate levels. Submit your request at respectlifedenver.org/madethisway