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Changing Language is Changing Culture
Editor's Note: We are living in an age of relativism. Who are the relativistic thinkers? We are. Everyone is influenced by the culture to varying degrees.  CCGI has found through trainings and workshops, that this leads people to sometimes unwittingly communicate in ways that actually conflict with what they beleive. 


Celebrate the Reality of Marriage
The reality of marriage has become obscured today because of the influcences of relativism and the secular culture. It has been diminished for many as merely the public recognition of a loving committed relationship for the private interest of a man and a woman. The following essay helps focus on the reality of marriage as a foundational part of God's plan for creation, and the Catholic understanding of its sacramental nature.

The Marriage of Mary and Joseph
Feast of the Holy Family
Emphasizes the Value of Marriage
SAN FRANCISCO, December 27, 2010 -- In the Gospel for the Feast of the Holy Family, Joseph received instructions in a dream telling him how best to care for and protect his wife and newborn son. In our modern language, we call Joseph “Jesus’ foster father”. While it may be the best we can do, the connotation is that Joseph is temporary or interchangeable. Is that really true?


Pope’s Christmas warning: ‘the future of the world is at stake’
VATICAN, December 20, 2010 – In his traditional Christmas greeting to Vatican officials this morning, the Pope drew a link between the times of the fall of the Roman Empire and our own times, arguing that “the future of the world is at stake.”


The Inconvenient Memoirs of Cardinal Biffi
Including "The Ideology of Homosexuality"
The new edition of his autobiography is being released in bookstores on November 18, 2010. With a hundred extra pages, and many surprises: on the postcouncil, the Jews, women, chastity, homosexuality. Sandy Magister reports from Rome


Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini
Recognizes Current Attack on the Family Family
Pope Benedict: New Ideologies that “Trivialize the Human Body”
ROME, November 11, 2010  – The family is under sustained attack from new ideologies that “trivialize the human body,” and distort the purpose and meaning of marriage, Pope Benedict XVI said in a document released by the Vatican today.


The word of God, marriage and the family
From Pope Benedict's Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on sacred scripture, Verbum Domini, Word of the Lord, September 30, 2010. 


US Bishops Rebuke Two Theologians
Book on Sexuality in Error
WASHINGTON, September 22, 2010 – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Wednesday issued a sharply worded rebuke of a book co-authored by two Creighton University theologians.


Pope Benedict XVI: The Future of Marriage Depends on Personal Culture
VATICAN, September 13, 2010 -- Pope Benedict said that the "success of marriages depends upon us all and on the personal culture of each individual citizen," in a meeting today with Germany's new ambassador to the Holy See on Monday.He was referencing Pope John Paul II's notion of the "culture of the person" as critical to the future of marriage and the family.


Parental Partnership in the Mission of Catholic Schools
Is it Just to Turn Children of Same-Sex Couples Away?

FALL RIVER, MA, May 28, 2010 The mission of Catholic schools emanates from the mission of the Catholic Church, commissioned by Jesus to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and instructing them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20). The fundamental purpose of Catholic schools is not to make “graduates” who go on to future educational and employment success, but to make “disciples.”


The Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Bishop of Oakland, Episcopal Advisor to Catholics for the Common Good

Manhattan Declaration: Turning Point in History
New Ecumenical Moment

In his Lenten message for this year, Pope Benedict XVI focuses on the theme of justice. He reminds us that there can be no true justice without God, that is, without human beings recognizing their need for God and that only God can give us what we ultimately need.


Pope Urges Responsibility for Creation
An Integral Human Development (Video)


Hijacking the Brain — How Pornography Works
WHEATON, IL, February 2, 2010  - We are fast becoming the pornographic society. Over the course of the last decade, explicitly sexual images have crept into advertising, marketing, and virtually every niche of American life. This ambient pornography is now almost everywhere, from the local shopping mall to prime-time television.


Pope Benedict XVI

Holy Family Sunday Message
Safeguard the Family Founded on Marriage

VATICAN CITY, December 27, 2009 (VIS) - Before praying the Angelus on this Sunday of the Holy Family, the Pope reminded the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square that "God wished to reveal Himself by being born in a human family, and hence the human family has become an icon of God.


USCCB Pastoral Letter on Marriage

New Marriage Pastoral Letter From US Bishops
"Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan"

BALTIMORE, MD, November 17, 2009 - The US Bishops, at their annual Fall gathering in Baltimore, approved a new Pastoral Letter yesterday meant to respond to the many cultural attacks on marriage with a comprehensive re-affirmation of Catholic teaching on marriage.




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