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  • Americans aren’t getting married, and researchers think porn is part of the problem

    12/22/2014 8:22:56 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 176 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/21/2014 | By Roberto A. Ferdman
    There could be an unlikely contributor to the decline of marriage in this country. And it's free pornography on the Internet. A team of researchers, who published their findings in The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany, determined that the rise of free Internet pornography is not only correlated with a pronounced decline in percentage of young adult males who are married, but might actually be contributing to the trend. "The results in this paper suggest that such an association exists, and that it is potentially quite large," the study notes. The researchers used data from the...
  • Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for Synod on Family-Refocus ON the Family

    12/22/2014 7:55:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-21-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for the Synod on the Family to Refocus ON the Family By: Msgr. Charles PopeMany breathed a sigh of relief when the summary document of the extraordinary Synod on the Family was much improved and the seriously flawed sections (which no one seems to know who wrote!) were removed.  But in this case we cannot allow the better to become the enemy of the best. And frankly the relatio, though improved, ought not escape sober scrutiny by those who seek to allow the upcoming (Ordinary) Synod to become what it really...
  • Lance Bass and Michael Turchin get married in Los Angeles [Made for TV]

    12/22/2014 6:00:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    upi ^ | 12/22/14
    Singer Lance Bass and his longtime beau Michael Turchin have gotten married at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles... The couple's love story and lavish wedding will be chronicled in a 90-minute special airing Feb. 5. E! said its program Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding will mark the first time an American television network broadcasts a celebrity wedding between two men.
  • U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block gay marriages in Florida [Miami media THRILLED]

    12/20/2014 3:56:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 12/20/14 | Ross Palombo
    U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings. In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to intervene in Florida's same-sex marriage dispute. "The application for stay presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the court is denied," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote.
  • Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

    12/19/2014 7:59:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-18-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and again when I write on Holy Matrimony, especially the Church’s more staunch biblical teachings (indissolubility, no contraception, etc.), someone will inevitably write in with a kind of sneer and wonder at or even laugh at a celibate man advising married people about marriage. To be sure, inner experience of something has its place, but so does external observance. I remember as a youth that my swimming coach, who was out of the water, would often correct us if our form was wrong, and advise us...
  • Women Who Propose: The Real Story

    12/19/2014 7:21:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 18, 2014 | Hayley Phelan
    Katie and Sam’s engagement story is a lot like most couples. There was a bended knee, a ring pulled from a pocket, an impromptu celebration with friends—but with one key difference: Katie was the one doing the asking. “We had been together almost two years and I was confident in our relationship and in doing it,” says Katie, 26, who proposed to Sam at a friend’s party. “We had discussed marriage before, and the time just felt right. He was surprised, but very happy and said yes.”
  • For Advent: The Importance of Mothers and Fathers

    12/13/2014 5:43:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    StayCahtolic via Columbia Magazine ^ | 2013 | Archbishop William E. Lori
    The Importance of Mothers and Fathersby Archbishop William E. LoriNo one loves us quite so tenderly and persistently as our mothers. Where would we be without them? They are the glue that holds families together. Even though Mother’s Day is past, it is never too late to pay tribute to our mothers, living and dead, and to commend them to the Lord. Let me wager, however, that good mothers desire, more than anything else, good husbands and fathers. They deserve husbands who are loving and faithful. Mothers understand how important a father’s love and example is for their children....
  • For Advent: Are You Man Enough to Take The NFP Challenge

    12/11/2014 5:25:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Are You Man Enough to Take The NFP Challengeby Ellen RossiniMention Natural Family Planning (NFP) in a typical group of Catholic men and you can expect one of three responses:·    Silence. ("I don’t know what it is, but I am pretty certain I don’t want to talk about it.") ·    It’s too difficult. ("All that abstinence…")·    It doesn’t work. ("Joe uses NFP and he has six children!")There are myths and misunderstandings aplenty when it comes to the Church’s teaching on birth regulation. But according to the experts – the husbands who partner with their wives to use natural, moral...
  • A Response to the Cohabitation Epidemic

    12/11/2014 2:33:45 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    CRisis Magazinei ^ | December 11, 2014 | ARLAND K. NICHOLS
    The proliferation of research and literature about the sexual and marital habits of “Millennials” is staggering. Research indicates a casual or cavalier approach to sexual intimacy and of marriage. Marriage is increasingly postponed or rejected in favor of transitional “trial marriages” or temporary live-in situations glamorized today in popular media as “the next step” in intimate relationships.The intimate relationship choices of young adults today expose a culture that increasingly fails to appreciate moral norms and the inherent value and beauty of marriage. The rapid acceptance of cohabitation and the dissolution of a culture of marriage in the wake of...
  • Seven Things I Wish My Pastor Knew About My Homosexuality

    12/11/2014 3:45:08 AM PST · by rhema · 60 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | December 10th, 2014 | Jean Lloyd
    May I make two requests? Love me, but remember that you cannot be more merciful than God. It isn’t mercy to affirm same-sex acts as good. Don’t compromise truth; help me to live in harmony with it.Over thirty years have passed since same-sex attraction rushed up from deep within my twelve-year-old frame. This attraction was unbidden and unwanted, yet simultaneously forceful and compelling. As a Christian, the conflict between my sexuality and my faith would become the deepest and most intense of my life. Now in my forties, I’ve gone from being closeted to openly lesbian to celibate to heterosexually...
  • UN Charter regarding marriage and families.

    12/10/2014 4:09:51 PM PST · by bubbacluck · 7 replies
    United Nations Charter ^ | United Nations
    Article 16. (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
  • Catholic University Training: Report Criticism of Gay Marriage as Harassment (Marquette)

    12/10/2014 1:47:37 PM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 10, 2014 | Katherine Timpf
    An anti-harassment training at a Catholic university in Wisconsin encouraged employees to report anyone they hear criticizing gay marriage to the school’s human-resources department. A presentation at the Marquette University training featured a story about a fictional wheelchair-bound employee, “Harassed Hans,” who had been overhearing his co-workers Becky and Maria talk about “their opposition to same-sex marriage all week,” according to an article in the National Catholic Register.
  • Broward judge issues ruling on gay marriage ban

    12/08/2014 1:48:00 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 12/8/14 | Ross Palombo
    Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen rules Monday that Florida's ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.
  • Russian couple registers 'first same-sex marriage' [No, one is a cross dresser]

    12/08/2014 9:44:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    yahoo ^ | 11/9/14
    A lesbian couple tied the knot in Russia in a quiet ceremony seen as the first such marriage in the country where gay unions are illegal, activists told AFP Sunday. The marriage on Friday went through because one of the women was born male but is now transgender and undergoing hormone therapy...
  • Matrimony or Bust – Another Glimpse at the Why and How of Traditional Marriage’s Demise

    12/08/2014 7:12:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 141 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-07-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Matrimony or Bust – Another Glimpse at the Why and How of Traditional Marriage’s Demise By: Msgr. Charles PopeAll the way back in 1973, George Guilder published a book called Men and Marriage. He expanded and republished it in 1986. In his book, Guilder argued that our culture was marginalizing men, to its great peril. He articulated the critical role that marriage has in helping men focus their sexual energies in a creative and beneficial way. Women have their nurturing role rather clearly defined in the very design of their bodies. But men’s role in the raising of children and in society...
  • The Divorce Surge Is Over, but the Myth Lives On

    12/02/2014 3:49:55 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 2, 2014 | Claire Cain Miller
    But here is the thing: It is no longer true that the divorce rate is rising, or that half of all marriages end in divorce. It has not been for some time. Even though social scientists have tried to debunk those myths, somehow the conventional wisdom has held. Despite hand-wringing about the institution of marriage, marriages in this country are stronger today than they have been in a long time. The divorce rate peaked in the 1970s and early 1980s and has been declining for the three decades since. Photo About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s...
  • Marriages Have The Best Chance Of Surviving With This Age Difference

    11/29/2014 5:46:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/2014 | MEGAN GARBER, THE ATLANTIC
    There are many predictors of the success of a marriage, among them the having of money, the having of children, and the length of time a couple spends dating before they tie the knot. Another big predictor, though, is age: The closer a couple is when it comes to their respective birth years, the greater their chances of avoiding divorce. That's according to a study that compiled polling data from more than 3,000 recently married and divorced Americans. The study—the overall findings of which my colleague Olga Khazan highlighted last month—used a multivariate model to calculate the factors that seemed...
  • Priestly Celibacy and the Demise of Marriage

    11/28/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 28, 2014 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    Fr. Richard John Neuhaus used to call it “the parish paper,” a gentle barb at the pretensions of the self-described “paper of record,” but also, I think, a subtle pastoral hand extended to those who think they get all the advice they need when they look in the mirror.Yes, I’m talking about the New York Times, which just ran a discussion group on dropping the celibacy requirement for Catholic clergy. It was a “usual suspects” sort of panel, with the balance one would expect. Of 7 panelists 4 were in favor of married priests, one argued both for and...
  • Rick Warren Defends Marriage at Vatican. "Marriage: 'What Must We Do?'"

    11/22/2014 7:51:20 AM PST · by DWW1990
    Trevor Grant Thomas ^ | 11-19-14 | Trevor Thomas
    I found it very suspect that our King plus a huge trade delegation visited Japan a day before Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda announced the new extreme surprise round of stimulus. Gold Repatriation Stunner: Dutch Central Bank Secretly Withdrew 122 Tons Of Gold From The New York Fed http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-21/gold-repatriation-stunner-dutch-central-bank-secretly-withdrew-122-tons-gold-new-yor Need Tips on Sticking to your Trade Plan? Global Consequences The impact of the Dutch gold repatriation can be huge. First of all, because it underlines more and more countries are getting nervous about their gold reserves stored in the US. Venezuela repatriated most of its reserves from abroad in...
  • "Criminal Casanova" Arrested in Broward [Media Upset over man w/multiple wives?]

    11/22/2014 6:17:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 11/21/14
    Authorities say they have arrested a "criminal Casanova" suspected of swindling thousands of dollars from wives, fiances and girlfriends across the nation. Trevor Thornton, 33, was arrested on Nov. 19 on a grand theft charge in Broward County after he stole $14,000 from a woman he had been dating for just two weeks, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office....
  • While You’re Distracted, Humanum is Happening (HUGE Traditional Marriage Conf in Rome)

    11/20/2014 3:07:41 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    November 19th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    There are more important things in life than politics. One of those things is happening as I write. Most of the world is oblivious to it. The press corps has completely ignored it. But it may be one of the most consequential events in the early twenty-first century. It is called Humanum. In Rome, at the Vatican, an interfaith gathering is occurring to discus marriage. Leading voices in the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, Muslim, and Christian communities have gathered to support and strengthen each other in the struggle against growing anti-faith norms toward marriage and family. Pope Francis opened the...
  • Conservatives defend Pope Francis (Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Card. Chaput)

    11/20/2014 2:42:16 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 53 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | November 20, 2014 | Inés San Martín
    Princeton University law professor Robert P. George ROME — So far, Pope Francis’ most significant internal opposition has come from conservative Catholics alarmed over what they see as playing fast-and-loose with Catholic doctrine. This week, however, an all-star lineup of conservatives gathered in Rome has come to the pope’s defense. “I am a conservative politically,” said Princeton University law professor Robert P. George, considered one of America’s most prominent Catholic commentators. “But I’m a Pope Francis Catholic, which is simply to say that I’m a Catholic.” Harvard law professor and former US Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann...
  • 5 reasons why people want to believe Jesus was married

    11/20/2014 2:41:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 11/20/2014 | David Gibson
    Another day, another stunning blockbuster report that … Jesus was married! And to Mary Magdalene! The latest version of this meme comes from Simcha Jacobovici, an author and filmmaker who is famous for promoting stunning theories about Jesus that on further review often turn out to be dubious. Jacobovici’s new claim that he has decoded an old text that reveals Jesus and the Magdalene were married and had two kids (and she was a “co-deity” with her husband) came out this month and has also been widely dismissed. But as happened earlier this year with the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s...
  • Jilted husband publishes book of 101 ingenious ways to use his ex-wife's marriage gown

    11/20/2014 8:48:34 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 39 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8:40 EST, 20 November 2014 | Annabel Grossman
    Jilted husband Kevin Cotter has turned the heartbreak of his divorce into a nice little profit by publishing a book full of ingenious ways to use his ex-wife's wedding dress. Kevin, 41, was crushed when his wife of 12 years walked out in 2009, taking all her possessions except the white silk gown. When he asked her to take the dress back, she refused and told Kevin to 'do what the f*** he liked with it'. So he did - and for the last four years he has come up with a series brilliant ideas and filled a book with...
  • Pope Francis: Children Have Right to a Mother and Father

    11/18/2014 2:45:44 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | ANN SCHNEIBLE/CNA/EWTN NEWS
    VATICAN CITY — Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that “the family is the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation.” The Pope made these remarks on Nov. 17, at the opening of the three-day international, interfaith colloquium entitled “The Complementarity of Man and Woman,” currently under way in the Vatican.
  • Justice Clarence Thomas: Supreme Court should have heard gay ‘marriage’ cases

    11/18/2014 11:33:30 AM PST · by xzins · 11 replies
    LifeSite ^ | 14 Nov 14 | Dustin Siggins
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called out his fellow justices this week, expressing formal disappointment that the Court refused to hear several gay "marriage" cases. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court declined to hear marriage appeals from Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In his statement, which was in reaction to the Court's decision to not hear an Arizona immigration amendment, Clarence -- who famously goes years between asking questions from the bench -- said that the Court should have heard the marriage cases. "We have recognized a strong presumption in favor of granting writs of certiorari to review decisions of...
  • Remembering a Lost Voice of Love

    11/14/2014 3:30:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    The skies were ominously dark as the heavens opened. It was a downpour over the island of Nassau, in the Bahamas, just hours after the Nov. 9 plane-crash death of Myles Munroe, his wife and seven others. As far as anyone in Nassau was concerned, it was the only appropriate weather. Munroe was the senior pastor of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship; he died on his way to a Christian leadership conference that he was headlining. When I arrived on Nassau only hours after the crash that tragically ended his life, the island was replete with shock, anguish and...
  • Translation ‘error’? Final English Synod text cuts marriage ‘between a man and a woman’

    11/12/2014 11:17:44 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/11/14 | Hilary White
    Just at first glance, and without looking it up on Google Translate, what is the difference between these two passages of a recent important Vatican document, the final “Relatio” from October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops? “…confronto alla luce del Signore Gesů per discernere le vie con cui rinnovare la Chiesa e la societŕ nel loro impegno per la famiglia fondata sul matrimonio tra uomo e donna.” and “…facing the situation, with an eye on the Lord Jesus, to discern how the Church and society can renew their commitment to the family.” A little pared down, perhaps? The official Italian original...
  • Before Thinking of Getting a Divorce, Watch This Video. It Might Save Your Marriage

    11/11/2014 8:56:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 56 replies
    Catholic-Link.com ^ | 06/11/2014 | Garrett Johnson
    Before Thinking of Getting a Divorce, Watch This Video. It Might Save Your Marriage. Always give your marriage another try Garrett Johnson 06/11/2014Video captureThere are two foundations that can never be separated: love and memory. Just as a true disciple never forgets the first hour when the master touched his heart: “It was about four o’clock in the afternoon” (Jn 1:39) – and, as Pope Francis says, a believer is essentially “one who remembers“– so the same could be said for love and marriage.Today’s video, as all the videos that we post on Catholic-link, is beautiful to watch but is even more beautiful...
  • Coolidge in 2016

    11/11/2014 12:41:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    NEW YORK -- At a dinner sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation last Thursday (I am an unpaid national advisory board member), there was a debate about wealth redistribution. A team of Canadian students who think government should "spread the wealth around" faced off against a team of American students who think government has no business doing any such thing. The theme continued when former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) debated Chrystia Freeland, a member of Canadian Parliament. While all of this was informative, civil, interesting and at times entertaining, the final speaker, CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow, may have uttered...
  • Civil Divorce since Proposition 8 Overturned?

    11/09/2014 3:57:26 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 17 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man Blog ^ | 4/3/2013 | Sacra Pizza Man
    This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it. – G.K. Chesterton Question to Canonist Ed Peters: If the Court presumes to equate our Matrimony, the Queen of Sacraments, with Sodomy; Can we not regard the action as having abrogated the terms of the civil rite, rendering what was formerly a mirror or echo of the essential Sacrament, now a ludicrous parody? Co-Author with Sherif Girgis and Robert P. George of “What Is Marriage“, Heritage Foundation speaker Ryan T Anderson, rather unilaterally “debated” some of this question with...
  • APPEALS COURT: States can define marriage as 1 man, 1 woman

    A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday stunningly affirmed the rights of voters in four states – Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee – to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, throwing a boulder into the millpond of complacent assumptions by homosexual-rights advocates that same-sex marriage is a given across the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court recently has refused to take on any same-sex marriage cases, allowing the movement to expand into about 30 states. But Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, which has fought on behalf of traditional...
  • Polygamy freedom in our life time

    11/07/2014 12:07:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    News24 for South Africa ^ | November 4, 2014 | Justice Ngoma
    1994 ought to have brought freedom entirely, but that never happened. We never got Polygamy freedom. President Zuma has indeed proven that Polygamy can be practised in South Africa. President Zuma has been married at least five times. We now have to ask why South Africans opted to have selective freedom? Marriage can be by capture, by purchase or by choice. Obviously the majority would agree with me that marriage by choice is the favorable, however some broke men would definitely opt for Marriage by capture. Why would the majority opt for Marriage by choice, obviously they can easily hide...
  • Pope Francis says annulment process should be cheaper and more efficient

    11/07/2014 10:31:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11/7/2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said the church's marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit. "Some procedures are so long and so burdensome, they don't favor (justice), and people give up," the pope said. "Mother church should do justice and say: 'Yes, it's true, your marriage is null. No, your marriage is valid.' But justice means saying so. That way, they can move on without this doubt, this darkness in their soul." The pope made his remarks Nov. 5, in a meeting with...
  • Pope Francis Wants To Know What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage

    11/04/2014 1:26:15 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 50 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 11/3/2014 | Morgan Lee
    <p>Even Southern Baptists know not to turn down an invitation from the Pope.</p> <p>Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church, and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, will meet Pope Francis and offer an “evangelical Protestant” perspective as part of a Vatican colloquium on marriage and family held this November 17-19.</p>
  • My Plea “I’m a Divorced and Remarried Mother. Please, Don’t Change Church Practice.”

    11/04/2014 10:45:38 AM PST · by sitetest · 144 replies
    First Things ^ | November 3, 2014 | Luma Simms
    The day my soul became Catholic was the day I found out that as a divorced and remarried woman I could not receive Communion. Tears of sorrow and joy flowed. Sorrow because I had by then grasped the truth of transubstantiation, only to find I couldn’t consume, and joy because at last we found the ground of real authority—his Church, the one he founded, the one tasked to keep all he taught her Apostles. I came to Catholicism from Calvinism. That’s a tough row to hoe if there ever was one. It was that prescient and beautiful encyclical Humanae Vitae...
  • Pope Francis to open Vatican conference on traditional marriage

    11/04/2014 8:36:04 AM PST · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A month after closing a Synod of Bishops on the family stirred by controversy over divorce, same-sex unions and other nonmarital relationships, Pope Francis will open an interreligious conference dedicated to traditional marriage. The Vatican-sponsored gathering, on the "Complementarity of Man and Woman," will take place Nov. 17-19 and feature more than 30 speakers representing 23 countries and various Christian churches, as well as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Taoism and Sikhism. The conference will aim to "examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between the man and the woman, in order to support...
  • Pope Francis Defends the Family: ‘What Is Being Proposed Is Not Marriage’

    11/03/2014 4:34:37 PM PST · by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It · 19 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/27/2014 | ELISE HARRIS
    He regretted that there are so many “new forms” of unions which are “totally destructive and limiting the greatness of the love of marriage.” Noting that there are many who cohabitate, or are separated or divorced, he explained that the “key” to helping is a pastoral care of “close combat” that assists and patiently accompanies the couple. Witness is key to spreading the Gospel, he said, explaining that true witness means living “in such a way that the will to live as we live is born in the heart of others…Living in a way (so that) others are interested and...
  • Six North Carolina judges quit after gay ‘marriage’ legalized

    10/31/2014 4:33:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    In the wake of a federal court decision legalizing same-sex “marriage” in North Carolina, at least six judges in the state have resigned rather than be forced to officiate such unions. All stepped down, since October 10, because they believe marriage is a union between one man and one woman. They are: John Kallam Jr. (Rockingham County), Gilbert Breedlove (Swain County), Bill Stevenson (Gaston County), Tommy Holland (Graham County), Gayle Myrick (Union County) and Jeff Powell (Jackson County). The decision wasn’t easy for Stevenson, whose family depends on his $50,000 per year salary as their primary income. "I prayed about...
  • Cruz on Apple CEO Tim Cook being gay: 'Personal decision'

    10/30/2014 12:23:27 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 257 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    "Those are his personal choices. I’ll tell you, I love my iPhone," Cruz said. "Listen, Tim Cook makes his personal decisions, and that is his life. My focus is on the constitutional question of who has the authority to make decisions," he later added. Cruz said that marriage is a "question for the states" because of the country's federalist system. "This is something we’ve seen over and over again, which is the federal government and federal courts deciding they don’t trust the people," Cruz said. "They look down on the people, they don’t trust us to make judgments about our...
  • New York State Blesses 'Incest' Marriages Between Uncle, Niece

    10/30/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | 29 October 2014 | Julia Marsh, NY Post
    New York State Blesses 'Incest' Marriages Between Uncle, Niece By Julia Marsh, New York Post October 29, 2014 | 5:39am ... state’s highest court ... toppled ... cultural taboo — legalizing... incest... uncle and niece... unanimous ruling. ... laws against “parent-child and brother-sister marriages... grounded... universal horror... no comparably strong objection... uncle-niece marriages,” ... Judge Robert Smith... were lawful... until 1893 ... ... case ... Vietnamese citizen ... appealed a ruling ... immigration judge. The judge... boot her from... United States... 2000 marriage ... mother’s half-brothe... ... ... “They’ve been married 14 years... ... language of the state’s domestic-relations law....
  • WATCH THE MEDIA IGNORE WHAT POPE FRANCIS JUST SAID ABOUT MARRIAGE

    10/29/2014 11:57:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | October 28, 2014 | John White
    Some Catholic blogs and news outlets are reporting this, but we’ll see about the mainstream media and the “progressive” Catholics.They certainly seemed to think the Synod on the Family was front page news, but of course Pope Francis didn’t publicly say anything during the synod and the secularists and progressive Catholics could fabricate whatever image of Pope Francis they wanted to – and we all know what that was.But now Pope Francis is talking about marriage, and newsflash – it’s definitely not what the New York Times and the National Catholic Reporter were hoping for. It will be interesting to...
  • NY State blesses ‘incest’ marriage between uncle, niece

    10/29/2014 9:29:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 75 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 29, 2014 | Julia Marsh
    The state’s highest court has toppled a cultural taboo — legalizing a degree of incest, at least between an uncle and niece — in a unanimous ruling. While the laws against “parent-child and brother-sister marriages . . . are grounded in the almost universal horror with which such marriages are viewed . . . there is no comparably strong objection to uncle-niece marriages,” Tuesday’s ruling reads.
  • Why I am a Catholic

    10/28/2014 2:18:29 PM PDT · by edwinland · 61 replies
    New York Times Blog ^ | 10/28/2014 | Ross Douthat
    Of all the columns I imagined writing when I started out at this job, it’s safe to say that Sunday’s piece, in which I suggested that conservative Catholics should “resist” their pope if he seems intent on leading the church off a doctrinal precipice, was not one of them. So it’s worth saying something briefly about my own personal religious perspective on the church to which I belong. I am a Catholic for various contingent reasons (this is as true of converts as of anyone else), but on a conscious level it’s because I am a mostly-faithful Christian who is...
  • 5 (Secular) Reasons Not to Live Together Before Marriage

    10/27/2014 1:18:28 PM PDT · by millegan · 20 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    One interesting aspect of undergoing a dramatic conversion as an adult is that it’s given me the opportunity to be deeply immersed in two rather different cultures. Up until my mid-20s, I was very much a part of post-Christian secular culture. Then my husband and I changed our religious beliefs, and though we’re still in touch with many of our old friends, we’ve increasingly found ourselves in social circles where most people are religious. In general, there are plenty of similarities between our old and new groups of friends. Both consist of smart, nice folks who are curious about the...
  • 5 (Secular) Reasons Not to Live Together Before Marriage

    10/27/2014 11:28:57 AM PDT · by millegan
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    Complaints of double charges and frequent crashes from users of Apple’s new electronic payment system are marring the launch of the company’s newest service offering. The double-charge bug seemed to be affecting Bank of America customers using their Visa credit cards for Apple Pay. The system, which launched earlier this week, also seems to be befuddling cashiers who might have failed to stay up to date on Apple’s latest innovations. Since the transaction requires only that users hold their iPhones close to a near field communication (NFC) reader while pressing their thumb on the handset’s TouchID sensor, many clerks are...
  • Cardinal Sarah: Crisis of Today's Families Is How Concepts of Marriage, Family Have Changed

    10/27/2014 7:46:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Echoes - A Forum of Catholic Thought ^ | October 26, 2014 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
    VATICAN CITY, October 23, 2014 (Zenit.org) - While saying that the Holy Father sees that families today have been attacked and feels their pain and brokenness, Cardinal Robert Sarah has reaffirmed that we must strongly and firmly defend the Church teachings given to us, especially Jesus' words about marriage. In an interview with ZENIT this week, the president of the Pontifical Council 'Cor Unum' says, "Stemming from the effects of a secular and relativistic society, the crisis of today's family is in how the concept of marriage and family has changed." The current culture, he explained, speaks of family without...
  • Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith ... Married a 14-year-old (Truncated Title)

    10/25/2014 11:04:54 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 107 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 26, 2014 06:55 GMT | Kieran Corcoran (AP)
    The Mormon church has admitted that its founder was a polygamist who married a 14-year-old girl, breaking a lengthy silence about its history. Joseph Smith, who wrote the Book of Mormon and established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is thought to have married as many as 50 women, but for years the senior church officials did not address the subject. But this week the organization acknowledged that the practice took place, and named Helen Mar Kimball, 'who was sealed to Joseph several months before her 15th birthday.' Estimates have placed the total number of Smith's wives between...
  • World Series android commercial

    10/24/2014 6:05:35 PM PDT · by mykroar · 20 replies
    10/24/14 | mykroar
    Anyone else catch the homosexual proposal during the Android commercial. These IT/tech companies know they're all drinking the same koolaid, so now they're just rubbing our noses in it.
  • Otter seeks full panel review of gay marriage ruling

    10/22/2014 5:28:26 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 15 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | October 22, 2014 | Betsy Z. Russell
    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants a larger group of judges to reconsider the recent decision that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “I will continue defending Idahoans’ self-determination and the will of Idaho voters who decided that traditional marriage is a core principle of our society,” Otter said. The governor on Tuesday announced that he would file a petition seeking a review at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by an 11-judge panel. A three-judge panel made the earlier decision ruling that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden...