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Archbishop Charles Chaput

Why Faith Matters:
Belief as a Cornerstone of
What It Means to Be Human
LOS ANGELES, August 23, 2013 -- In a stunning talk at the National conference of CALL, the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, Archbishop Charles Chaput said, "[If] there is no Creator, and nothing fundamental and distinct about human nature, and if 'nature’s God' is kicked out of the conversation, then our rights become the product of social convention.  And social conventions can change.  So can the definition of who is and who isn’t 'human.'"


Catholics For The Common Good Cardinal RuiniThe Cardinal Who Opposes
The Supreme Court

Defending the Authentic Human Being
ROME, July 1, 2013--For Camillo Ruini, the American decision against marriage only between man and woman is illusion that presumes to negate reality. The future belongs to those who are able to defend the authentic human being. Civil unions between homosexuals: a "useless and harmful" compromise. 


Dr. Ryan Messmore, President of Campion CollegeThe Deeper Meaning of Romantic Love
Dr. Ryan Messmore, President of Campion College in New South Wales, Australia, provides an engaging video lecture about true romantic love. Everyone can learn something from this lecture.


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.


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.


Pope Says Biblical View of God
Can Help Fatherhood Crisis
- Pope Benedict XVI said the Bible can help clarify the true meaning of being a father during his general audience today. "Despite the crisis of fatherhood in many societies, the Scriptures show us clearly what it means to call God 'Father.'"

Pope Examines Society's
Acceptance of Unstable Relationships
VATICAN CITY-- As he spoke to the Church’s highest court, which often deals with issues related to marriage, Pope Benedict highlighted the growing acceptance of instability in relationships. Contemporary culture “poses serious challenges to the person and the family,” he began, underscoring that it calls into question “the very capacity of human beings to bond themselves to another and whether a union that lasts an entire life is truly possible.”


Imago Dei

A Second Look at Porn: Part one
This series grew out of conversations with friends and our common frustration with the way pornography is treated by good, faithful Catholics. We realized that rage and hellfire and damnation against porn simply end up evading the deeper issues and speak only to the already convinced. This is attempt to understand it in a deeper way.


Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Bishops Urge Catholics To Pray For
Life, Marriage, Religious Liberty

"Part of a Movement"
WASHINGTON, DC, December 6, 2012 —The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched a pastoral strategy addressing critical life, marriage and religious liberty concerns. The five-part strategy or call to prayer was approved by the bishops in November and is set to begin after Christmas. The overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty.


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Pornography Destroys Relationships

Undermines Love, Destroys Marriages
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, December 5, 2012--Theology of the Body writer, Christopher West claims that up to 80% of adult Catholic men have used pornography and that up to 40% use it compulsively. Jeff Cavins, author of the Bible study program "The Great Adventure", claims a similar number; worse, he also claims that the wives always know something is wrong in such a marriage.  Even without any 'real' pornography, we are typically exposed to 15-20 sexually suggestive (or worse) situations during every hour of primetime television.


Father John Hollowell, a priest of the diocese of Indianapolis, provides a very succinct catechesis on the Church's teaching on homosexuality - attractions and acts. There are some very important points made about responses to attractions. Everyone has a sexual urge, the question is what to do about it. People without homosexual attractions have the same challenge, unless they are married.


Irish Referendum:
State's Responsiblity for Children
To Trump Parents'
CORK, IRELAND, November 5, 2012 -- On November 10th 2012, Irish citizens will vote on a referendum aimed at amending the Constitution in regard to the role of the State towards children. The implications of the wording of the amendment are subtle and difficult to perceive for a non-expert. Though the change in the proposed wording can be seen as minor, its effects are potentially considerable. It is nothing less than a philosophical shift on the understanding of the society: whereas the State or the Family is the primary protector of children.


Holy Father's Homily,
Opening of the Synod
New Evangelization
VATICAN, October 7, 2012 -- Marriage had a prominent mention in Pope Benedict's homily as he opened the Synod on the New Evangelization. He noted that, "marriage is called to be not only an object but a subject of the new evangelization." Referring to the readings about marriage of the day from Genesis (2:24) and Matthew (10:7-8), he asked, "What does this word say to us today? It seems to me that it invites us to be more aware of a reality, already well known but not fully appreciated: that matrimony is a Gospel in itself, a Good News for the world of today, especially the dechristianized world". Read the full homily as he set the stage for the Synod Fathers.


CCG Partners with Diocese of Oakland
Certification Class Offered:

"Love, Sex, and the Mystery of the Human Person"
SAN FRANCISCO, August 8, 2012 -- Catholics for the Common Good is excited to announce a new course for certification with the Oakland Diocesan St. Francis de Sales School for Pastoral Ministry. Sessions begin Saturday, August 11. There is still time to register and join the class!


Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, CCG Catholics for the Common Good, Episcopal Adviser

- The legalization of “gay marriage” in America, even on a civil level, is unjust to children and poses a threat to religious liberty, warned Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif.




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