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.

Pope Francis:
Be Courageous...
Go to Confession!
VATICAN, Feburary 19, 2014(Vatican Radio) At the General Audience, Pope Francis continued his series of catechesis on the Sacraments. “When I go to Confession, it is to be healed,” he said. “To heal the soul, to heal the heart because of something I have done that is not going well.”

Archbishop Chaput

Pope Francis to Archbishop Chaput:
Bring Your A-Game to Rome
PHILADELPHIA, February 14, 2014 -- Pope Francis set out his agenda for a Church of “missionary disciples” in Evangelii Gaudium; now he’s assembling his team at the Vatican who will help him get the laity fully in the game of sharing the joy of the Gospel. His latest recruit is none other than Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who has proven himself second-to-none in activating lay people to embrace the Church’s missionary mandate with enthusiasm and vigor.

Call to Celebrate Marriage

National Marriage Week
Recognizes Foundations of Society
- Catholics across the U.S. are joining in a celebration of National Marriage Week to promote the sacrament and vocation upon which society is built.

Vatican: UN Oversteps Its
Boundaries in Report Conclusions
-- In a statement released by the Vatican, Fr. Federico Lombardi criticized the U.N. child protection committee for its tone and “lack of desire” to recognize the Holy See’s efforts in protecting children.

UN Versus Holy See on
Human Sexuality, Gender Theory -- More than an indictment of the Church’s handling of child sex abuse, the report of the U.N. child rights committee on the Holy See seems meant to pressure the Church to change its teaching on human sexuality.

Stunning Adult Stem Cell
Developments Evoke Hope, Caution
WASHINGTON DC, February 7, 2014-- Remarkable advancements in stem cell biology are enabling scientists to reprogram mature cells into a variety of different tissues – but experts say these methods should be used carefully to avoid ethical questions and inadvertent cloning.

The Grammys, an Occasion of Sin?
As Mockery of Marriage Continues
Celebrate World Marriage Day, Feb. 9
SAN FRANCISCO, January 28, 2014 -- Sadly, everywhere we turn, allies of the gay rights movement are making profane and irreverent spectacles of so-called marriages between same-sex couples. They are happening at inappropriate venues, which have been previously associated with family entertainment or awards for achievements in the arts and entertainment. Two recent examples include a wedding on a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade and a group wedding during the Grammy Awards. What should the appropriate Christian response be to such stunts?

High school

Sex, Schools and Social Suicide
BOSTON, January 23, 2014 -- Over the last three decades, social scientists, educational researchers, and pundits have probed for the reason why educationally the US is on the fringe of being a Third World country. In particular, why does the academic achievement of American students begin to fall off during junior high and plummet during the high school years?

Kansas Judge:
Sperm Donor Owes Child Support
, KS, January 22, 2014 — A man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple in response to an online ad is the father of a child born to one of the women and must pay child support, a Kansas judge ruled Wednesday.

Pleasure is Part of the Moral life
Priest's New Book Details -- “Reasonable Pleasures,” the latest book from scholar Father James Schall, examines the “valuable but subordinate role” pleasure plays and how it can contribute to a life that is both fulfilled and good.

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