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Explaining the reality of marriageA First Step for
Taking Back Marriage:
Literature Distribution

If you are feeling powerless and frustrated by the courts overruling voters’ right to define marriage and the increasing refusal for elected officials to defend or enforce marriage laws, there is action you can take today to start the effort to reverse this trend.

The USCCB asked Catholics for the Common Good to write a pamphlet to help the laity explain what marriage is and answer tough questions that are being raised by children, other family members, co-workers and friends. Take responsibility to make sure these pamphlets receive as wide a distribution as possible in your parish and other organizations you belong to. Read more


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Blessed John Paul II

John Paul II's Secretary:
Pontificate Was Marked
by Martyrdom
- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, one of Bl. John Paul II’s closest collaborators, said the Pope’s holiness and pontificate were characterized by martyrdom.


PROVIDE FEEDBACK
TO MOZILLA

-- Critics slammed Web browser Firefox's announcement that CEO Brendan Eich resigned in wake of controversy surrounding his support of traditional marriage, calling the move intolerant of free speech. 


Change in Annulment Process
Could Lead to 'Grave Damage'
-- Ecclesiastical tribunals are an essential part of the Church's saving mission -- thus changes to their procedures, including the annulment process, should be considered with great care, Cardinal Raymond Burke has said.

ACTION ALERT

Responding to the Outrage in Michigan
Don’t Get Frustrated – Instead Take Action
Promote the Truth about Marriage
SAN FRANCISCO, March 27,2014 -- On Friday, Michigan became another state where marriage has been redefined when a federal district court judge overturned the state’s marriage protection constitutional amendment. Scores of same-sex couples married on Saturday before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay at the request of Bill Schuette, the Michigan Attorney General. On Tuesday, the Appeals Court announced that the stay would remain in effect pending appeal.


Pope Francis:
Lay Movements,
Coordinate Plans with Parishes
VATICAN, March 7, 2014 -- Pope Francis issued a message Friday evening to the participants at a conference in Rome on the laity, urging them to work for the social inclusion of the poor and  calling on lay movements to maintain a vital link with their local parishes.


Ash Wednesday reflection 2014

VIDEO
Ash Wednesday Reflection

Thinking as the Body of Christ
BERKELEY, CA, March 5, 2014 -- President of the Dominican School of Philosphy and Theology and CCGI Board member, Father Michael Sweeney, OP, provides a unique and beautful reflection on the Gospel for Ash Wednesday. It is very short but well worth viewing and contemplating.


Infertility Treatment Success

Fertility Treatments Succeed
Without Assisted Reproduction
-- A doctor in Italy has seen great success in helping couples conceive by examining their overall health and treating underlying causes of infertility, without artificial reproduction technologies.


Pope Exhorts
Walk With Those Who
Suffer Failed Marriages
- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the beauty of marriage, emphasizing that when it fails, we should not condemn the couple, but accompany them on a path of healing in the Church.


- Concerned about the effects of a new technology that involves three parents providing genetic information to create a child, experts are cautioning against opening up the technology to human clinical trials.


Cardinals' Meetings Focus
Concern on Marriage, Family
- In a series of closed-door meetings this week, cardinals from around the world expressed a common care and concern for the state of marriage and the family in the modern world.


-- Pope Francis’ appointment of new cardinals from distant and impoverished countries has helped bring the topic of pastoral care for those struggling in poverty to Vatican discussions.


Brad Wilcox Marriage and poverty upward mobility

Care About Ending Poverty?
Stop Talking about Inequality
Start Talking About Marriage
Don’t mind the rich-poor gap. Statistical analysis shows three factors—overall income growth, marriages, and local government spending—matter most for poorer children chasing the American Dream.  Bradford Wilcox, of the National Marriage Project has advice for President Obama his concerns about economic inequalty: Consider promoting marraige as a solution.


Archbishop Cordileone, USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Protection of Marraige supports amendment to US Consitution on marriage

Archbishop Cordileone Calls for
Consitutional Amendment for Marriage
WASHINGTON, February 19, 2014 — Expressing strong support for the federal Marriage Protection Amendment (H. J. Res. 51) introduced by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) in the U.S. House of Representatives, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said, “The amendment would secure in law throughout the country the basic truth known to reason that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.” Archbishop Cordileone , chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, made the comments in a February 19 letter of support to Rep. Huelskamp.


Curtis Martin

Catholic Marriage Preparation
Needs to Better 'Evangelize'
Difference Between
Catechesis and Evangelization -- The head of a major U.S. missionary apostolate says that evangelization – not simple catechesis – is needed to prepare Catholics for good marriages by putting Jesus Christ at the center of their lives.




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