Croatian Parliament
Gives Same-Sex Unions
Benefits of Marriage
ZABREB, CROATIA, July 16, 2014  -- Croatia’s parliament has approved legislation that would extend to same-sex unions the same legal rights as those of marriage, except the right to adopt children.


Pope Says
Economy Must Fight
'Throwaway Culture'
ROME, July 15, 2014 -- Pope Francis had lunch with participants in an international economics seminar on Saturday, saying their efforts to bring the human being to the very center of the economy avoids a “throwaway culture.”


Need to Fight Secularism
“Justice is the fruit of faith
... an evangelized culture
will be a just culture.”
                Pope Francis
- Despite the recent Hobby Lobby court victory, Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb. stressed the need for Catholics to continue to evangelize and fight against the prevailing culture of secularism.


New Vatican
Theological Document
Explores Sensus Fidei
VATICAN, July 4, 2014 -- The International Theological Commission (ITC) has released a study on the Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church, exploring the relationship between the sense of the faithful and the guidance of the teaching magisterium.


Archbishop Samual Aquila of Denver teaches on marriageShow Joy of
Christian Family Life
Denver Archbishop Teaches
-- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has published a pastoral letter calling on Catholics to live their faith in their families and to renew the role of the family in broader culture.


Archbishop Sample consecrates Portland Church to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima'For the Sake of the Family'
Portland Archdiocese Consecrated
To Our Lady of Fatima
"This consecration is one especially for the sake of the family," said Archbishop Alexander Sample during his homily. "Marriage and family life are in a real crisis. We make this consecration to her to watch over our families and marriages. Families need Our Lady's love and protection."


 Press conference on June 26, 2014 at the Vatican Press Office to release the instrumentum laboris for the upcoming Synod on the Family. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNAVatican Releases Outline for
October Synod on the Family
-- Divided into three parts, the Vatican's newly released outline that will drive discussion during the upcoming synod touches on the nature of families and current challenges they face.


Pope: Jesus Was a Pastor,
Not a 'Moralistic' Power-Seeker
- In his daily homily Pope Francis warned of those who reduce the faith to moralism and ambition, stating that people in Jesus' time followed him because he spoke the truth in a way they understood.


Bishop's Letter on
'Language of Love'
Finds Global Audience

- Nebraska Bishop James D. Conley’s pastoral letter “The Language of Love” has had an international impact in the first three months since it was published.


Vatican Upholds Nature,
Importance of Family in UN Session
VATICAN CITY, June 25, 2014 - During the 26th Session of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi affirmed that the family nourished by the marriage of one man and one woman offers a “dynamic energy” to society.


Archbishop Cordileone’s Talk
At the March for Marriage
WASHINGTON, DC, June 19, 2014 "The question is then: does society need an institution that unites children to the mothers and fathers who bring them into the world, or doesn’t it?"


Pro-marriage Culture
Reduces Inequality,
Professor Says
- Church support for marriage among poor and middle class Americans can play a key role in combating income inequality and providing a good environment for children, a sociologist told the U.S. bishops.


Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Archbishop Cordileone Counters
March for Marriage Critics


Marriage and Social Justice
SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2014  If you knew that Catholics for the Common Good was based in California and you noticed on its website a box with the words “Same-Sex Marriage” crossed out in a red circle—and the words “The wrong issue” above that, you might think this was some kind of “Left Coast” initiative, heavy on Catholic “social justice” and light on life, marriage, and family issues.


What Jesus Said
About Divorce

WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2014 -- Pope Francis concluded his homily during the Canonization Mass of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II by invoking the intercession of the two new saints as the Church journeys towards the upcoming Synod on the Family. He finished his homily with the beautiful words, “May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves.”




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