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  • Pope Francis: Faith a Criterion in Investigating a Marriages Validity

    01/24/2015 9:42:05 PM PST · by AncientAirs · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 25 Jan 2015 | ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI/CNA/EWTN NEWS
    In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith ... Francis stressed “the crisis of values in society” is not a recent phenomenon, quoting Blessed Paul VI’s 1974 address opening the Rota’s judicial year, modern man “at times, wounded by a systematic relativism that bends to the easiest choices of circumstance, of demagogy, of fashion, of passion, of hedonism, of selfishness, so that externally he attempts to dispute the mastery of the law, and internally, almost without realizing, substitutes the empire of moral conscience...
  • POLITE FASCISM IN NEW JERSEY (LOGIC OF A STATE “LICENSE” TO HAVE KIDS)

    01/23/2015 7:06:04 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    First Things ^ | January 22, 2015 | Matthew J. Franck
    In the pages of the Times of Trenton on January 20, a psychologist named Ronald J. Coughlin published an op-ed titled “Fundamental Changes Would Better American Society.” Mr. Coughlin is worried about a lot of the right things: alcohol abuse, the divorce rate, childbearing out of wedlock (particularly among teens). But what ideas he has for “fundamental changes”! The idea, for instance, that because science tells us about the maturing brain we ought to raise the drinking age to twenty-five is going to go over big, with an electorate that can vote at eighteen. (Mr. Coughlin may want to...
  • FreeperEd: Will the Supreme Court Deal With Reality When It Makes Its Marriage Ruling?

    01/21/2015 1:33:49 PM PST · by xzins · 39 replies
    FreeperEd ^ | 21 Jan 15 | Xzins
    Will the Supreme Court Deal With Reality When It Makes Its Marriage Ruling? Let's be blunt. When a penis is inserted in a vagina there is a good chance that a new human being will result. When a penis is inserted in an anus, there is a passable chance of disease or defect being the result. This is reality and there is no escaping it. Only a real male and a real female can make babies. Put the two sexes together, and there's a good chance of babies showing up. To deal with reality, cultures through all of recorded history...
  • A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate”

    01/21/2015 6:40:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate” By: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is sadly evident that the Church is currently divided into two camps over the question of divorce and remarriage, this in the aftermath (confusion) of the recent synod in Rome and in the rampup to the synod this coming October. Please pray a lot!If you read the blog here often, you know that I am strongly opposed to any notions that would seek to set aside what I regard as the ipsissima verba Jesu (the very words of Jesus) in this matter, words that are,...
  • 'Keep Your Religion in the Closet' Says NYT Editorialist

    01/19/2015 3:22:21 PM PST · by xzins · 52 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 1/19/2015 | Michael Brown
    "I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wish—in their pews, homes and hearts." So says an influential New York Times journalist. In other words, "Keep your religion in the closet." In his Jan. 10 Times editorial, "Your God and My Dignity: Religious Liberty, Bigotry, and Gays," Frank Bruni writes, "I've been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I've deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label: A threat to your religious liberty." He finds it "absurd" that the simple act of two men or two...
  • German Bishops Support Kasper’s Proposals on Remarried Catholics (Catholic Caucus)

    01/19/2015 2:41:38 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | January 19, 2015 | MARIE MEANEY
    St John the Baptist gave his life in the defense of marriage. The German bishops, by coming out in favor of Cardinal Kasper’s proposals on divorced and remarried Catholics, took the side of Herod. In effect, they concluded that St. John’s position was too antagonistic and decided to issue a letter of congratulations to Herod upon marrying his brother’s wife. While some might think this comparison hyperbolic, it is nonetheless what their recent statements regarding the divorced and remarried come down to. Rather than being a witness to the indissolubility of marriage and what it means to sin against...
  • What we have come to: teenager announces plans to marry her father

    01/18/2015 1:11:37 PM PST · by NYer · 46 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | January 18, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    Details:  A teenager has revealed in an interview that she plans to marry her father and have children after dating for two years.The unnamed 18-year-old revealed in an interview with New York Magazine her romantic relationship of almost two years with her biological father after being estranged from him for 12 years.In the interview, the girl also said the two also plan on having children.The teenager said her father reached out to her on Facebook when she was in high school and soon after, she went to stay with him for a week.After the week together, the 18-year-old said they...
  • Why the Supreme Court is Set to Make History on Gay Marriage

    01/18/2015 6:48:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Time ^ | January 16, 2015 | David Von Drehle
    The fight for same-sex marriage rights in the United States has reached its final round. On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments on whether state laws that ban these unions violate the constitution. More Meet the Plaintiffs in the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Case Here’s What 5 Supreme Court Justices Have Said About Gay Marriage Charlie Hebdo Editor: Religion Should Stay Out of Politics NBC News Record-Setting Six Million Brave Downpour to Greet Pope NBC News Nabbed! Kentucky's Teen Fugitives Arrested in Florida NBC News There’s not much question which way the decision will go: same-sex...
  • US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex 'Marriage'

    01/17/2015 3:22:48 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Zenit ^ | January 17, 2015
    Archbishop: "It's hard to imagine how the essential meaning of marriage ... consistent with every society throughout all of human history, could be declared illegal" Washington, D.C., January 17, 2015 (Zenit.org) | 192 hits The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request Friday to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The decision regarding same-sex marriage is expected in June or July.Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and...
  • I want to marry my cousin...

    01/17/2015 10:54:02 AM PST · by djf · 101 replies
    djf
    Well, not really. But maybe! Can you marry your cousin? It's an interesting question. In some states, YES, you CAN marry your first cousin! In other states - it's a no-no, forbidden. Now HOW and WHY was this state of affairs (or marriages, be it whatever) allowed to exist? How and why did states HAVE THE RIGHT to determine under what conditions marriage was allowable? Because it was RECOGNIZED by the federal government that equal protection WAS NOT VIOLATED by such marriages! Thoughts? Ideas? (btw, my cousin is kind of cute, but she's just not my type...) ;-)
  • Attorney General Eric Holder wants the "Supreme Court" to oppose the Author of marriage

    01/17/2015 6:43:49 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 32 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 17, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    High court to hear gay marriage cases in April Associated Press WASHINGTON (January 16, 2015) — Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The justices will take up gay-rights cases that ask them to overturn bans in four states and declare for the entire nation that people can marry the partners of their choice, regardless of gender. The cases will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June. Proponents of same-sex marriage said...
  • How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

    01/17/2015 6:03:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 93 replies
    Time ^ | January 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Dias
    If evangelical Christianity is famous for anything in contemporary American politics, it is for its complete opposition to gay marriage. Now, slowly yet undeniably, evangelicals are changing their minds. Every day, evangelical communities across the country are arriving at new crossroads over marriage. My magazine story for TIME this week, “A Change of Heart,” is a deep dive into the changing allegiances and divides in evangelical churches and communities over homosexuality. In public, so many churches and pastors are afraid to talk about the generational and societal shifts happening. But behind the scenes, it’s a whole different game. Support for...
  • Supreme Court to Decide Whether Constitution Protects Same-Sex Marriage

    01/16/2015 1:19:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 165 replies
    WSJ ^ | January 16, 2015 | By JESS BRAVIN
    Decision Later This Year Could Extend Gay Marriage to All 50 States or Cloud Existing Unions WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Friday said it would decide whether the U.S. Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry, signaling what could be the final chapter of a push by advocates to extend gay unions nationwide. The court accepted challenges to same-sex marriage bans in four states—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee—that a federal appeals court upheld in November 2014. The ruling by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati departed from recent decisions by other appeals courts that found same-sex couples...
  • Forced down the same-sex wedding aisle

    01/15/2015 12:46:29 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 1/14/15 | SARAH PADBURY
    An update on five small businesses that refused to participate in same-sex weddings... Arlene’s Flowers—Richland, Wash....Barronelle Stutzman sold flowers to gay couple ...for more than nine years, and considered Ingersoll a friend. But when he asked her to create the flower arrangements for the couple’s wedding...she couldn’t because of her “relationship with Jesus Christ.”...Sweet Cakes by Melissa—Portland, Ore. ...Today, Melissa only bakes cakes to sell to friends...Ongoing attacks are posted on Sweet Cakes’ Facebook page...Masterpiece Cakeshop—Lakewood, Colo. Phillips appealed the commission’s ruling...is waiting for a trial date... “Masterpiece Cakeshop continues creating cake art and producing baked goods,” Martin wrote. “But...
  • First Comes the ‘Marriage Gap,’ Then Comes the ‘Baby Gap’

    01/15/2015 10:25:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 15, 2015 | NEIL SHAH
    There’s a widening gap between the baby-having of married women, who tend to be more educated and more affluent, and their less-educated, less-financially-secure, unmarried peers. A growing body of research, including work by Johns Hopkins University sociologist Andrew Cherlin, raises the possibility that because people like to feel financially secure before taking the marriage plunge, the rise of income inequality has divided Americans into those who marry and those who don’t. Now this could be playing out with childbearing, too. America’s recessionary “baby bust” has clearly leveled off now, but we’ve yet to see the birth recovery one would expect...
  • Court denies one same-sex marriage case (USSC refuses appeal of LA Gay marriage ban!)

    01/12/2015 7:57:47 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 25 replies
    SCOTUS blog ^ | January 12th, 2015 9:41 am | Lyle Denniston
    The Supreme Court, returning from its winter recess, decided on Monday not to take on a same-sex marriage case that remains under review in a federal appeals court, but otherwise took no action on that constitutional controversy. The Court made no comment as it turned down a plea by same-sex couples in Louisiana to review that state’s ban, which had been upheld by a federal trial judge in New Orleans (Robicheaux v. George).
  • I Wasn't Treating My Husband Fairly, And It Wasn't Fair

    01/08/2015 10:13:52 AM PST · by wastedyears · 199 replies
    SunnySkyz ^ | 12-28-2014 | SunnySkyz
    My "Aha Moment" happened because of a package of hamburger meat. I asked my husband to stop by the store to pick up a few things for dinner, and when he got home, he plopped the bag on the counter. I started pulling things out of the bag, and realized he'd gotten the 70/30 hamburger meat - which means it's 70% lean and 30% fat. Read more at http://www.sunnyskyz.com/blog/610/I-Wasn-t-Treating-My-Husband-Fairly-And-It-Wasn-t-Fair#EY4FIxGCmr92Qrb1.99
  • Married homes least likely to be violent: study

    01/07/2015 8:04:21 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1-7-15 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Children living in unwed-mother homes are more likely to witness domestic violence than children growing up with their married mother and father, says a new analysis. The finding is counterintuitive since mothers who have never married would appear to be less likely to get into fights at home with someone. However, data show that the rate of witnessing domestic violence among children living with never-married mothers was 116 children per 1,000, “six times higher than the rate for children in intact families,” said psychologist Nicholas Zill, who published his findings at the Institute for Family Studies in Charlottesville, Va., in...
  • Column: Church needs patience, humility in light of same-sex marriage

    01/07/2015 1:14:38 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 42 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 1/6/15 | Bishop Robert N. Lynch
    "...However, together with Pope Francis and in light of the discussions at the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family held in Rome, I also recognize that the reality of the family today, in all its complexities, presents the church with pastoral challenges as the church strives to accept people in the specific circumstances of their lives and support and encourage them in their search for God and their desire to be members of the church. Therefore, I do not wish to lend our voice to notions which might suggest that same-sex couples are a threat incapable of sharing relationships marked...
  • Jeb Bush: Republicans Must Respect “Rule of Law” on Gay Marriage

    01/06/2015 12:18:02 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 91 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 1/06/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    I’m glad there’s a moderate Democrat finally running for president. I just wish he were running on the Democratic ticket. Jeb Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, called for “respect” of same-sex marriages on Monday as his home state of Florida began allowing gays to wed following a court ruling. Bush, a former governor of Florida, said in a statement that even those like him who oppose same-sex marriage must “respect the rule of law” now that the state’s ban on gay marriages has been ruled unconstitutional. Do you know what else is the law of the land? ObamaCare. So...
  • Jeb Bush calls for ‘respect’ of same-sex marriages

    01/06/2015 5:54:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 100 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2014 | Philip Rucker
    Jeb Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, called for "respect" of same-sex marriages on Monday as his home state of Florida began allowing gays to wed following a court ruling. Bush, a former governor of Florida, said in a statement that even those like him who oppose same-sex marriage must "respect the rule of law" now that the state's ban on gay marriages has been ruled unconstitutional. By acknowledging legalized gay marriage in Florida -- though stopping short of outright supporting it -- Bush has struck a more conciliatory tone than many of the other Republicans eyeing presidential runs in...
  • Update on the Attack on Florida’s Marriage Laws Summary of News Events and Analysis

    01/05/2015 7:07:52 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Florida Family Policy Council ^ | 1/5/15 | Sarah Fowler/John Stemberger
    Update on the Attack on Florida’s Marriage Laws Summary of News Events and Analysis There are several developments that have taken place just in the last several days before, during, and after the holidays regarding the attack on Florida’s marriage laws. I want to update you on this matter because there are almost daily developments that have occurred.Tuesday, December, 23, 2015 State Attorney Jeff Ashton announced he will not prosecute Clerks of Courts who violate the law and marry same-sex couples. As a result of that announcement, Osceola County Clerk of Court Armando Ramirez announced he would start issuing same-sex...
  • The Ring Makes All the Difference

    01/05/2015 4:44:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Nearly five years ago I got rid of cable television so I could get into a regular routine of reading one book per week. Because I read so much, I occasionally get into a rut and have to ask friends if they have read anything interesting lately. Last summer, a friend who we’ll call Larissa (because that’s her real name) recommended a particularly good book by Glenn Stanton. As you might assume by the title, The Ring Makes All the Difference is an overview of the deleterious effects of cohabitation. Much of what Stanton reports in his short yet comprehensive...
  • My Imported Bride

    01/05/2015 3:11:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    Orange Coast Magazine ^ | April 11, 2012 | David Haldane
    I’m an older O.C. divorcé with a young Filipino wife I met on the Internet, and I know what you’re thinking. Can’t say I blame you. But you’re wrong.I’m pouring drinks for my guests when the police arrive. It’s 3 p.m. on a Saturday and we’re hosting a friend’s baby shower in our open garage. The two officers survey the scene carefully before striding toward me with bad news. “We got a complaint from your neighbor,” one of the officers says with a nod. After they sort it out and determine we’re not committing any crimes or posing a public...
  • Florida gay marriage ban heads for midnight end [Into the Abyss. Media Delighted]

    01/05/2015 2:09:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Florida's ban on marriages between same-sex couples is headed for a midnight end, with wedding vows planned around the state. A stay expires late Monday in a federal judge's ruling striking down the ban enacted in 2008 by voters. Several court clerks are planning to begin issuing....
  • Costco-Loving Couple Joined in Holy Matrimony in Frozen Food Aisle

    01/01/2015 9:58:37 AM PST · by doug from upland · 16 replies
    Costco-Loving Couple Joined in Holy Matrimony in Frozen Food Aisle by Whitney Filloon Dec 30 2014, 4:23p @whitneyfilloon SHARE(253) TWEET(23) DON'T MISS STORIES. FOLLOW EATER × No word on whether or not free samples were served. Here's a story to warm your bulk toilet paper-loving heart: A couple got hitched inside their local Costco. According to local news station KEYT, Robert and Meredith Bonilla of Santa Maria, California "first laid eyes on each other" in the frozen food aisle of the membership-only warehouse club about a year ago, and that's precisely where they were wed last week surrounded by friends,...
  • The Real-life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain

    12/31/2014 5:20:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 31, 2014 | Tim Teeman
    It is the most animated this “Downton Abbey” fan has ever seen Lady Grantham. Elizabeth McGovern, who plays the period soap opera’s slack-jawed, sleepy-eyed matriarch, Cora—who always seems listlessly zonked, whatever disaster has just befallen her husband or unlucky-in-love daughters—gallops with gusto through the stories of the real-life American heiresses who married British aristocrats in the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary series, “Million Dollar American Princess”. The three-part series, which begins on Sunday night just before the first episode of season five of Downton, focuses on the stories of a clutch of the 200 or so American heiresses who married British lords...
  • One Happy Family: Mom, Dad, and Dad

    12/29/2014 10:18:53 PM PST · by Tired of Taxes · 37 replies
    Yahoo Parenting ^ | December 29, 2014 | Luke Malone
    (SNIP) In many ways they are a traditional family: Cliff and Dave both work, and Britt spends her days looking after Gareth. All three adults settle on the couch at night to watch TV once their son has gone to bed. (SNIP) “The only real difference is that we’re buying food for one more person, and that person sleeps in our bed.” (SNIP) Because of ignorance or outright discrimination, some people just seem to react negatively to poly folk. (SNIP) Britt, Cliff and Dave aren’t 100 percent sure of Gareth’s paternity. They think he might be Cliff’s in a biological...
  • Should adultery be illegal?

    12/29/2014 8:22:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 245 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This may seem to be a rather obscure topic, but it popped up while I was reading Helen Smith’s musings on whether or not pornography should be made illegal and the long term, detrimental effects that it can have on marriage. As a subset of that discussion, she touched on David Friedman’s book, Law’s Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters. In it, Friedman makes the following observation on prostitution in general and the specific side effects it can have when married men pay for sex outside of marriage. (I specify “men” here only because...
  • Bishop Johan Bonny wants the Church to bless same-sex "marriage"

    12/28/2014 11:45:39 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 32 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 28, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    As noted here: "The Bishop of Antwerp, Johan Bonny advocates an ecclesiastical recognition of homosexual relationships. The dogma that the Catholic Church can only accept male-female relationships, he put in question in an interview with this newspaper. "There should be a diversity of recognition forms." With his plea Bonny, is one of the first church leaders who attacks the absolute monopoly of the male-female marriage. "We have to look inside the church for a formal recognition of the relationality which is also present in many gay couples. As a variety of legal frameworks in society exist for partners, he wants...
  • Focused on a Functional Family: A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

    12/28/2014 6:35:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12+27-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Focused on a Functional Family: A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family By: Msgr. Charles PopeHere in the middle of the Christmas Octave, the Church bids us to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. On the old calendar, the Feast of the Holy Family falls on the Sunday after Epiphany, which makes a little more sense since the gospels appointed for the feast often take us far forward in time mere days after He is born. The gospel this year is only forty days into the future  (unlike other years when the gospel takes us twelve years into the...
  • The attorney general's fight against same-sex marriage is just the latest Lost Cause [Liberal Bigot]

    12/24/2014 1:57:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Charleston City Paper ^ | 12/24/14 | Will Moredock
    What is it about conservatives anyway? Not only do they keep picking fights they cannot win, but they keep dragging the rest of us down with them. You might say it started with the Civil War, and it is still going on as lawyers seek payment from the state of South Carolina for their work defending the right of a gay couple to marry against the political ambitions of state Attorney General Alan Wilson. Attorneys for Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley have asked a federal judge to order the AG to pay $152,710 for their time and service. As The...
  • When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas and Marriage

    12/23/2014 3:21:23 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 23, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    For countless Americans, marriage is no longer the goal, and so the America of "White Christmas" and "It’s a Wonderful Life” is long gone. A scene from "White Christmas", the top-grossing film of 1954, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels I watch. I was looking for Christmas movies, maybe the 1938 Reginald Owen version of “A Christmas Carol” or something like that—something for the family. I was pleased to find three favorites back-to-back that I’ve seen with my...
  • Refusing to Stay Silent: A Millennial Case for Marriage

    12/22/2014 1:08:48 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 5/13/13 | Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. and Andrew T. Walker
    The media claim we don’t exist. OK, that’s a slight exaggeration. But after all, we’re Millennials, born during the Reagan administration. We’re supposed to be of the generation that is embracing same-sex marriage in droves. Instead, we’re standing strong on upholding the truth about what marriage is. We’ve been asked—repeatedly—whether the position we’re promoting is pointless. Are we willing to endure cultural scorn for holding to a position as supposedly outmoded as natural marriage? Politicos and pundits offer hyperbolic missives on how conservatives are losing young Americans, who are likely to be more libertarian on social issues. The preferred talking...
  • Americans aren’t getting married, and researchers think porn is part of the problem

    12/22/2014 8:22:56 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 199 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 · 23 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 · 48 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 · 27 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...