Marriage - Digging Deeper

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk and other Eastern Catholic bishops gathered at St. Peter's Square, Nov. 27, 2013. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/CNA.

Polish, Eastern Catholic Bishops
Stand Firm on
Pastoral Care for Families
ROME, Jun 9, 2015 -- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families.


Not a Burden, But a Grace:
The Indissolubility of Marriage

ROME, May 27, 2015 -- The sacrament of marriage, characterized as it is by indissolubility, is good news for the people of today, according to a Spanish priest who specializes in family and marriage issues.


Pope Francis:
Spare No Effort in
Defending Life, Family
VATICAN CITY, May 12, 2015 -- In his meeting on Saturday with the bishops from Mozambique, a southeast African nation, Pope Francis urged support for public policies that promote the family and protect human life.


In Rare New Letter,
Benedict XVI Seeks
Shepherds for the Whole World
VATICAN CITY, May 12, 2015 -- Speaking from retirement, Benedict XVI has underscored the need for the Church to extend its pastoral care to non-believers and to share “the questions of the times” in its continuing efforts to announce the gospel to the world. 


Living Within the Truth:
Religious Liberty and Catholic Mission in the
New Order of the World
SPISSKE PODHRADIE, Slovakia, August 24th, 2010 -- "We live in a time when the Church is called to be a believing community of resistance," Archbishop Charles Chaput concludes in a stunning speech before the Canon Law Association of Slovakia. We need to call things by their true names. We need to fight the evils we see. And most importantly, we must not delude ourselves into thinking that by going along with the voices of secularism and de-Christianization we can somehow mitigate or change things. Only the Truth can set men free."


-- In his general audience catechesis, Pope Francis turned to the role of fathers, saying that they play an irreplaceable role in family life, and their absence leaves children prey to false idols.


For Pope Francis,
Faith is a Criterion in
Investigating a Marriage's Validity
-- In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith, Pope Francis said on Friday.


Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, substitute of the Secretariat of State, speaks with journalists aboard the papal flight to Colombo, Jan. 12, 2015. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.Pope Francis Surprised 
By Misunderstanding of
His Words on Family- Pope Francis was surprised that his words on responsible parenthood were not widely taken in the sense that he intended them, a Vatican official related in an interview on Thursday.


Evangelizing the Culture
for Marriage and Family on EWTN

"Evangelizing the Culture for Marriage and Family" on EWTNEWTN, the Apostolate for Family Consecration, and Catholics for the Common Good Institute have partnered with a six-part mini-series, Evangelizing the Culture for Marriage and Family that begins January 12 on EWTN. It marks the commencement of a new “Marriage Reality Movement” (TakeBackMarriage.org).


Pope Francis on plane returning to Rome from the Philipines - ideological colonialismKids In Poor Countries Suffer
When West Pushes Sex Agenda,
Pope Says
- Pope Francis cautioned on Monday that gender ideologies from the wealthy western world are being imposed on developing nations by tying them to foreign aid and education, in a form of "ideological colonization."


What Threatens Families?
Redefining Marriage, Pope Says
-- Warning that “every threat to the family is a threat to society itself,” Pope Francis called on the people of the Philippines to be a prophetic witness in a world facing attacks on marriage and life.


Redefining Marriage is
'Ideological Colonization,'
Says Vatican Spokesman
- Remarking on Pope Francis' strong words against the threats which “ideological colonization” poses to the family, the Vatican's spokesman told journalists Friday that same-sex marriage falls within this category.


Pope Francis:
Jesus' Choice to
Be Part of a Family
VATICAN CITY, December 17, 2014 -- "The Synod of Bishops on the Family just held was the first stage of a journey, which will end next October with the holding of another Assembly on the theme “The Family’s Vocation and Mission in the Church and in the World.” The prayer and reflection that must accompany this journey involves the whole People of God. I would also like the usual meditations of the Wednesday Audiences to be inserted in this common journey. I have decided to reflect this year with you precisely on the family, on this great gift that the Lord has made to the world since the beginning."


Pope: Mary and Joseph
Exemplify Mission, Vocation
Of Family Life
-- Pope Francis spoke today about Jesus’ choice to be born into a family, saying that it shows the importance of the vocation, which Mary and Joseph epitomized through their everyday holiness.


See CCG's William B. May discuss the reality of marriage on "At Home with Jim and Joy" (October 10, 2014)

The interview with Jim and Joy Pinto starts at 15 min,15 sec.




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