Marriage General

Costly Weddings Could Be Catholics For The Common Good Bride and Groom
Crippling For New Marriages

DENVER, CO, June 15, 2013--Noting the sharply increasing costs of weddings, marriage advocates have begun to urge couples to be less extravagant in their nuptial celebrations for the good of their relationships.


Catholics For The Common Good Cardinal GeorgeBlack Democrats and Catholic Church
Stop Gay Marriage In Illinois

CHICAGO, IL, June 11, 2013--What same-sex marriage advocates won in the Illinois Senate on Valentine’s Day 2013 was just reversed.  After weeks and months of hard work to accomplish what should have been easy, gay Democrat sponsor Greg Harris could not muster the votes, while Democrat Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan, did not even call for a vote to establish same-sex marriage in Illinois. 


Catholics For The Common Good Bishop PaprockiState Lacks Authority To
Redefine Marriage, Says Bishop

PHOENIX, AZ, June 7, 2013--Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., explained that marriage is rooted in nature and exists prior to the state, which has the authority to recognize, but not redefine, the fundamental social institution.


Catholics For The Common Good IL Capital BuildingAdvocate Says Fight To Defend
Marriage In Illinois Continues

CHICAGO, IL, June 5, 2013--An Illinois Catholic leader says that the state's failure to advance a “gay marriage” bill is a significant victory for grassroots activism, but more action is needed to ensure it never passes.


The Catholic Psychologist and
Same-sex "Married" Couples

DULUTH, MN, June 3, 2013--The State of Minnesota recently passed a law abolishing the commonly accepted definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, and replaced it with a definition that requires only two adults, including two adults of the same sex. The law goes into effect August 1. Consequently, from that date forward, the State will recognize three types of marriage: male-female, male-male and female-female. All three will be considered “marriage”, and any effort to distinguish between them based on the commonly accepted definition (male-female) will be branded “discrimination.”


Catholics For The Common Good Mary EberstadWestern Culture 'Lost God'
Through Demise of Family

WASHINGTON DC, May 24, 2013--Scholar Mary Eberstadt says most theories of secularization do not take into account the role of the family in religious practice, noting how its demise is critically linked to an increasingly secular West.


Catholics For The Common Good National Organization for MarriageMinnesota Redefines Marriage
Despite Religious Freedom Warnings

ST. PAUL, MN, May 14, 2013--The state of Minnesota has redefined marriage to include same-sex couples despite concerns over social wellbeing and religious liberty raised by Catholics and other faith leaders.  


MercatorNet Interview:
Getting the Marriage Conversation Right
SYDNEY, May 09, 2013 -- It is important to use terms that convey the truth about marriage, says an author who has been active in the marriage debate. We have all, or nearly all, done it -- talked about "gay marriage" or "same-sex marriage". But according to William B. May, who has been in the thick of the marriage debate in the United States, that's a mistake. MercatorNet asked him to explain.


Catholics For The Common Good: Father Martin Rhonheimer, professor of political philosophy and ethics at the Pontifical University of Santa CroceTheologian: Same-Sex Civil Unions
Discriminate Against Married Couples

ROME, ITALY, April 24, 2013--After a Vatican official stated that the Church could support same-sex civil unions, a Swiss theologian is saying that if they are equated with marriage these unions discriminate against married heterosexual couples.


Catholics For The Common Good: Wedding rings and Flowers by Alena KratochvilovaFlorist Faces Second Lawsuit
Over Gay Wedding Refusal
SEATTLE, WA, April 23, 2013-- A florist in Washington is being sued for a second time after choosing not to provide flower arrangements for a gay customer's upcoming wedding.  


Catholics Rally Behind DC Priest Amid Controversy
WASHINGTON DC, April 5, 2013 -- Students and parishioners are speaking up for a Catholic priest after two gay students at George Washington University said they want him removed for supporting the Church's stance on homosexual behavior.


Denver Archbishop Laments
Passage of Civil Unions Bill
DENVER, COLO., March 12, 2013 -- Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver called the Colorado legislature's passage of a civil unions bill a “regrettable move” harming families, children, and religious freedom.


teen coupleUS Report Shows Increase
in Sexually-Transmitted Infections
WASHINGTON D.C., February 23, 2013 -- New governmental reports on sexual behavior in America show significant rises in both sexually-transmitted infections and use of emergency contraception in recent years.


Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family

Vatican Prelate Emphacizes the Need for
States to Promote Marriage and the Family
NEW YORK, February 18, 2013 -- The President of the Pontifical Council for the Family is calling the Family a “resource for society” which must be supported in policy development. Speaking Friday at an event organized by the Holy See’s Permanent Observer mission to the United Nations, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia addressed some of the challenges and trends affecting families around the world today.


WCF7 Sydney

World Congress of Families
Withdraws Invitation to British MP
ROCKFORD, IL, February 19, 2013 -- The Local Organizing Committee of the 7th World Congress of Families, to be held in Syndey in May, has withdrawn the invitation for one of their keynote speakers because he changed is vote on marriage in the British Parlament. The member, Duncan Smith, MP, also serves as the UK's Secretary of State. 




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