Marriage - Digging Deeper

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?"


Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Teaching on Marriage
Matter of Gospel Witness,
Archbishop Says
NEW ORLEANS, June -- Thanking his brother bishops for their work in supporting marriage around the United States, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone stressed the key role of marriage in spreading the Gospel.


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.



In reality, marriage unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from this union.


 
“Realities simply are, whereas ideas are worked out … realities are greater than ideas.”
                               – Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium


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.”


Marriage Requires
Love That Imitates Christ,
Pope Says
-- In his June 2 homily, Pope Francis addressed married couples in the Vatican, pointing to fidelity, perseverance, and fruitfulness as the three characteristics of authentic Christian love.


Cardinal Burke:
Restoring Respect for the Conjugal Act
Is ‘Essential’ to Future of West
VATICAN CITY, May 3, 2014 – Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of America’s leading prelates, urged pro-life citizens and leaders to promote respect for the sexual act at an international pro-life conference in Rome Saturday.


Preview: 6 Part Series, Video Companion to Getting the Marriage Conversation Right

Today Catechesis is not enough. Young people (as well as older ones) are vulnerable to accepting reasonable sounding ideas that conflict with their faith. The DVD series discusses how important it is to present what the Church teaches about marriage that is grounded in indisputable reality. The technique involves seeing and verifying reality through the eyes of the child -- the child within us.


Change in Annulment Process
Could Lead to 'Grave Damage'
-- Ecclesiastical tribunals are an essential part of the Church's saving mission -- thus changes to their procedures, including the annulment process, should be considered with great care, Cardinal Raymond Burke has said.



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