Important Forum Information

Pregnancy/Parenting Threads now belong in the new Parenting sub-forum. We’ll be moving threads there as the need arises (so check there first if you suddenly find your Family Life thread missing), but you can help the process by placing threads related to pregnancy and parenting into that sub-forum. Thanks! :slight_smile:

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[forum=108]Social Justice[/forum] - dialogue about Church teaching with societal implications, pro-life/pro-choice issues, just war doctrine, human rights

[forum=102]Traditional Catholicism[/forum] - talk about the Traditional Latin Mass, the Indult, SSPX, sedevacantism

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[forum=12]Family Life[/forum] - talk with peers about marriage, educational concerns, interpersonal relationships, family planning, other aspects of daily family life

[forum=73]Parenting[/forum] - chat with others about coping with the joys, sorrows, practicalities, and challenges of raising children

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[forum=86]Prayer Intentions[/forum] - post prayer requests, respond to those of others, participate in perpetual prayers

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[forum=54]Popular Media[/forum] - dialogue about our culture, including art, magazines, books, computers, television, radio, music, theatre, and the performing arts

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[forum=67]Secular News[/forum] - share perspectives and analyses of current events in our country and the world

[forum=80]War on Terror[/forum] - discuss emotional, social, and spiritual concerns involved in reacting to terrorism

If your topic doesn’t fit criteria for any forum, try the [forum=77]Back Fence[/forum] - a mix of the ridiculous and sublime, or [forum=76]The Clubhouse[/forum] - chat there is light, but can be educational

Finally, the [forum=90]Concierge Desk[/forum] - a collection of subforums designed to meet your needs, visit it to: get or offer [forum=8]Tech Support[/forum]; better understand forum use through [forum=97]Mini-Tutorials[/forum]; familiarize yourself with the [forum=91]Rules of the Road[/forum]; and, even test forum features in the [forum=93]Sandbox[/forum]

With these choices, everyone should find a forum to meet their needs. Enjoy yourself, and use the [forum=95]Suggestion Box[/forum] to let us know what we can do to make your experience better.

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Discussion pertaining to childhood vaccinations is no longer permitted within the Family Life or Parenting forums. The issue is best discussed with medical professionals who are familiar with one’s own family and personal set of circumstances. Thank you for your cooperation.

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