- Jan 28, 2020
Gregory Popcak is the organizer of the upcoming Symposium on Catholic Family Life and Spirituality, a July meeting at the University of Notre Dame focused on the renewal of family life. He spoke to Crux.
As the 2018 World Meeting of Families rolls on this week in Dublin, participants face the dilemma each day of choosing among a staggering variety of panels, talks, exhibits and other programs, often scheduled at precisely the same time in different venues.
As ‘Humanae Vitae,” Pope Paul VI’s controversial 1968 encyclical rejecting the pill, reaches the 50-year mark today, supporters say its message continues to pack a punch despite polls showing most Catholics in opposition.
Alan Sears, founder of Alliance Defending Freedom, says Hugh Hefner “was a destroyer of innocence, of youth, of the unborn,” who did great damage to a number of families and marriages. He and other Christian leaders said the nonagenarian founder of Playboy Magazine should be mourned, but not celebrated.
Twenty people under the age of 35, along with 70 theologians, priests and academics were meeting September 11-15 as part of the preparatory process for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on “young people, faith and vocational discernment.” Pope Francis wants the synod to not just be about young people, but with young people, assuring they have a voice.
“The pope just died,” came the whisper. It was April 2, 2005, and I was in the midst of presenting the final talk of a seminar on the teaching of John Paul II. I shared the news with my audience. We all paused, prayed, and I somberly concluded the seminar.