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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on April 11, 2014.

eNewsletter Subject: Significant Items on the Verge of Holy Week

Just last week, in the wake of recent Girl Scout Cookie sales, my wife and I were wondering when the Church would catch up to the problem of parish-sponsored Girl Scout troops. The Girl Scouts are closely affiliated with the abortion industry through Planned Parenthood, and they have programs which violate Catholic teaching on "family planning".

Now the US Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family life and Youth has stepped up and issued a resource guide which it wants the local churches to use to decide whether they can really justify their Girl Scout affiliation: USCCB advises 'attentiveness' to local Girl Scout programs.

Speaking of marriage, family and youth, I bit the bullet this week by calling unpopular attention to one of the greatest scourges of our time: Divorce is the most prevalent form of child abuse. (This ties in with some remarks by Pope Francis, noted further down.)

I also decided to explore a somewhat abstruse theological topic with significant implications for secularization. See The Surprising Implications of Man’s Natural Ends....

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