Entries by Matthew Pinto

Will Fertility Technology Increase Respect for Nature?

A clever opening line of an article recently caught my attention. It said, “The fertility app space has never been, well, more fertile.” While this sounds a bit cryptic, the article featured on FitPregnancy.com was a review of several new mobile apps that help people track fertility. Although the article reviews ten apps that are […]


An Epidemic of Despair

In the past six months, several research studies have been published indicating that the opioid epidemic that has been devastating communities across the country has had a significant impact on mortality rates among non-Hispanic whites between 2000 and 2014. During this same period, the life expectancy of blacks and Hispanics has far outpaced that of […]

Are Muslims Converting to Christianity in Europe?

Much has been said lately about the long-term impact that mass migration to Europe from Muslim majority countries may have. What few people seem to know is that there is growing evidence of conversions to Christianity on the part of Muslims who are migrating to Europe.

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CARA Issues Another Excellent Report

If you are intrigued by trends, care about the current state of the Church, and seek to understand where things might be headed, you should know about the Center for Applied Research of the Apostolate, popularly known as CARA. For more than fifty years, CARA has conducted scientific research focused on the Catholic Church. Based […]

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Does Marriage Have a Home Among Millennials?

Last week, the Pew Research Center released an extensive new study on the living arrangements of millennials, just four months after Pope Francis delivered his apostolic exhortation on marriage and family entitled Amoris Laetitia. This new study provides data that backs up what Pope Francis and many other contemporary commentators on marriage and family have […]


Chicago Archdiocese Announces Parental Leave Policy

The Archdiocese of Chicago recently did something bold: It announced a decision that it will now offer twelve weeks of paid leave and twelve weeks of unpaid leave to both mothers and fathers employed by the archdiocese. If both parents are archdiocesan employees, this parental leave policy allows for up to a full year in […]

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Pope Francis, SSPX, and a Charism of Dialogue

Some headlines catch my eye and strike me as “micro” trends. In and of themselves, they may not be earth-shaking issues, but they hint at other trends that could be significant. Such is the case with the past week’s headlines regarding Pope Francis’ recent dialogue with Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the Society […]


Why is the Popularity of Pope Francis Dropping?

Recently, YouGov released a survey on the world’s most admired men, and while last year, Pope Francis ranked number six on the list, this year his position fell to thirteenth. Crux covers this in a recent article, explaining that this is the “biggest drop for anyone on last year’s list.” To keep things in perspective, […]

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A New Type of Seminarian?

It’s now a little more than three years since the world was introduced to Pope Francis. It has been a fascinating, engaging and, at times, somewhat bumpy ride for many. The world’s increased interest level in the Catholic Church because of Francis has been substantial. In the past three years, Pope Francis seems to have had […]