The terror of teaching marriage prep

A significant majority of couples in Catholic marriage preparation programs are not wholeheartedly committed to a Catholic sexual ethic. Presenters are not simply speaking with couples who plan to use artificial methods of contraception, but with couples already using such methods. Our

Belief in the transcendent good of kids boosts birthrates

The demographic cliff has been looming for years now. Theologian Brett Salkeld draws on a new book by economist Catherine Pakaluk, which notes that educated women with larger families often view children as a transcendent good beyond economic considerations. While economic solutions

Does science care what you believe?

Columnist Brett Salkeld saw the motto “Science doesn’t give two hoots what you believe,” on a coffee cup, and it led him to examine the inherent human challenge of belief. There’s a tension between limited human knowledge and the innate desire for

Why we need to pray for the dead

In the month of November, beginning with the twin feasts of All Saints and All Souls, Catholics mark a special devotion to the faithful departed. As we approach the end of the liturgical year, we contemplate our own end and pray for

Is it sinful for Catholics to watch movies with nudity?

While Brett Salkeld hasn’t yet seen Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster “Oppenheimer,” he’s heard enough about it on Twitter. Primarily, he’s been warned by Catholics that before he watches the film, he needs to consider the film’s sexual content, specifically nudity. What #CatholicTwitter has

Is it possible to be spiritual but not religious?

Brett Salkeld addresses how, by nature, it is impossible for humans to not be spiritual and religious. He writes: “I recently heard a story about a group of Catholics doing what we are constantly being invited to do, namely, meeting people where

Why I’m not virtuous enough to own a smartphone

Catholic theologian and Our Sunday Visitor columnist Brett Salkeld doesn’t own a smartphone (which, needless to say, is a rarity these days). He writes: “This leads to inconveniences. I am expected to use a smartphone to track (and interact with) my kids’