• 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)

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