Prayer for the Synod of Bishops on
The Pastoral Challenges of the Family
in the Context of Evangelization
Status of Marriage Laws in the U.S.
Redefined in 19 States + DC
Appeals Pending in 14 More States
USCCB Marriage Chairman
Responds to Recent
Federal Court Decisions on Marriage
WASHINGTON, DC, July 24, 2014 – Yesterday’s order by the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado enjoining the state from enforcing its laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman follows recent decisions on marriage by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver. The U.S. District Court temporarily stayed its order. The U.S. Bishops’ Chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, said, “Recent court decisions on marriage in no way deter our efforts to promote the truth about marriage – a truth that no court decision can ever undo.”
No 'Human Right'
For Same-sex Couples to Marry
STRASBOURG, FRANCE, July 25, 2014 -- The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that member nations are not required to “grant access to marriage to same-sex couples,” in a complicated case involving a transgendered individual.
EWTN Bookmark Presents
Getting the Marriage Conversation Right
IRONDALE, AL, August 1, 2014 -- "Is the redefining of marriage to permit same-sex couples to marry a good idea? Catholics for the Common Good's Bill May joins Doug [Keck] to discuss the answer to this all-important question, and the consequences of not recognizing, protecting, and promoting the family as the divine institution God intends it to be."
Gender Gaps in College
Linked to Divorce Rates
ROCKFORD, IL, July 25, 2014 -- While research has told us that the prevalence of divorce in our society can account for the gender gap within higher education, a recent article in The Huffington Post sheds more light on what the exact causal relation might be. It may not just be the possibility of divorce, itself, that has such an impact on both female and male adolescents, but rather the lack of father involvement in the lives of male children.
Federal Judge Strikes Down
CO Marriage Defense Amendment
Openness to Beauty
Leads Soul to God,
Says Catholic Thinker
-- The senses are the “road to God”, who speaks to us through beauty, said Bill Donaghy, who holds a master's in systematic theology, at the recent Theology of the Body Congress held in Philadelphia.
Pornography Recovery Program
Helps 'Fight the New Drug'-- The co-founder and executive director of an organization that fights pornography addiction among youth says he sees a need to continue raising awareness about the harmful effects of porn.
Supporting Marriage and
Keeping Your Job
CCG Provides Advice
to Legatus Members
SAN FRANCISCO, July 24, 2014 -- CCG’s Chairman Margot Kyd and President Bill May were recently asked to provide advice to Catholic business leaders on how to handle the marriage issue in the work place in the July issue of Legatus Magazine. Legatus is a membership organization for top-ranked Catholic business leaders in North America.
DC Think-tank Finds
Mixed Trends Regarding
American Culture, Family Life
WASHINGTON, DC, July 23, 2014-- (CWN) A new study by the Heritage Foundation finds hopeful trends in some American cultural indicators, but discouraging news on other fronts.
Franciscan University Professor
Uses CCG Book for Class
College Students Literally
Getting the Marriage Conversation Right
STEUBENVILLE, OH, July 22, 2014 -- Dr. Gregory Popcak, Franciscan University Sociology Professor, recently mentioned in a radio interview that he uses Getting the Marriage Conversation Right in his "Christianity and Society" class. He says the effect of the book on his students is profound. “I could see light bulbs go [on] over the kid’s heads and suddenly they understood that [protection of marriage] wasn’t about being mean. This is really about making sure children have a mother and a father and why that’s really important.”
Synod’s Working Document Cites
Need to Educate Faithful and Clergy
VATICAN, July 8, 2014 --The Synod of Bishops’ June 27 instrumentum laboris (working document) for the upcoming Synod on Marriage and the Family contained no doctrinal surprises, but it noted that neither the faithful nor the Church’s ministers are fully aware of the teaching of the Church.
Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
Offers Insights for Cultural Evangelists
VATICAN, July 20, 2014 -- Pope Francis reflected on the parable of wheat and the tares during his July 20 Sunday Angelus address.His catechesis offered a continuation of insights that are particularly important for those seeking to evangelize the culture for marriage and family.
Archbishop Cordileone to Priests:
Preaching About Reality of Marriage
Essential to Evangelization and Church's Future
HANCEVILLE, AL, July 11, 2014 -- Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone gave a stunning address admonishing priests to preach about marriage often. Unless the true understanding of marriage is restored, the concept of God as Father and the nuptial relationship between Christ and the Church will no longer make sense. It will make evangelization difficult if not impossible.