• The church teaches that parents are the primary educators of the faith. I have to be honest: That made me uncomfortable.

    <p>Matt Palmer is director of media relations for Towson University in Maryland. He formerly was a social media strategist for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (CNS photo courtesy Matt Palmer)  </p>

    Matt Palmer is director of media relations for Towson University in Maryland. He formerly was a social media strategist for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (CNS photo courtesy Matt Palmer)

  • I expected fatherhood to change the routines of my life. Everyone told me it would. Goodbye, sleep. Hello, collapsing in exhaustion at 8 p.m.

    <p>A sailor aboard the USS Constellation in San Diego is greeted by his children in this 2003 file photo. The invitation to move outside of the self to the other is the divine pedagogy of fatherhood. (CNS photo by Jaime Recto/Reuters)  </p>

    A sailor aboard the USS Constellation in San Diego is greeted by his children in this 2003 file photo. The invitation to move outside of the self to the other is the divine pedagogy of fatherhood. (CNS photo by Jaime Recto/Reuters)

  • <p>Pope Francis leads a penitential liturgy with juvenile detainees in Las Garzas de Pacora Juvenile Detention Center in Pacora, Panama, Jan. 25, 2019. Jesus draws &ldquo;near to others&rdquo; and gives them &ldquo;another chance,&rdquo; the pope explained. (CNS photo by Paul Haring)  </p>

    Pope Francis leads a penitential liturgy with juvenile detainees in Las Garzas de Pacora Juvenile Detention Center in Pacora, Panama, Jan. 25, 2019. Jesus draws “near to others” and gives them “another chance,” the pope explained. (CNS photo by Paul Haring)

    Jun 09, 2021
  • <p> A family prays at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Silver Spring, Md., during the Asian and Pacific Island Catholics Marian Pilgrimage May 1, 2021.</p>

    A family prays at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Silver Spring, Md., during the Asian and Pacific Island Catholics Marian Pilgrimage May 1, 2021. What could be more necessary to grow in holiness than the embrace of an attitude that says, "I will love this person and forgive them, because I know they forgive me"? (CNS photo by Andrew Biraj/Catholic Standard)

    Jun 09, 2021
  • <p>Men from the Diocese of Trenton, and their sons hike Mount Tammany in Knowlton Township, N.J., June 15, 2019. (CNS photo by Jeff Bruno)  </p>

    Men from the Diocese of Trenton, and their sons hike Mount Tammany in Knowlton Township, N.J., June 15, 2019. (CNS photo by Jeff Bruno)

    Jun 02, 2021
  • <p>Youth are seen during a retreat at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center in Venice, Fla. (CNS photo by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center)  </p>

    Youth are seen during a retreat at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center in Venice, Fla. (CNS photo by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center)

    Jun 02, 2021
  • Relatives of disappeared people in in Buenos Aires, Argentina, plant a tree as a homage March 24, 2021, the 45th anniversary of the 1976 military coup at the former Naval Mechanics School building which was used as a torture center

    Relatives of disappeared people in in Buenos Aires, Argentina, plant a tree as a homage March 24, 2021, the 45th anniversary of the 1976 military coup at the former Naval Mechanics School building which was used as a torture center. (CNS photo by Agustin Marcarian/Reuters)

    May 27, 2021
  • <p>A detainee&rsquo;s feet are seen in an undated photo from Iraq&rsquo;s Abu Ghraib prison. The church rejects torture as fundamentally incompatible with human dignity. (CNS photo by Department of Defense, Handout via Reuters)  </p>

    A detainee’s feet are seen in an undated photo from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. The church rejects torture as fundamentally incompatible with human dignity. (CNS photo by Department of Defense, Handout via Reuters)

    May 26, 2021

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