Marriage - Digging Deeper


Action for World Marriage Day
2nd Sunday in Februrary
What is Your Parish Planning?
What Can You Do?

In 1993, his Holiness, Pope John Paul II, imparted his Apostolic Blessings on World Marriage Day, which is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of February. The USCCB has encouraged this celebration as a way of supporting their mission to promote the reality of marriage, their top priority for 2011. It comes just before Valentine's Day, a traditional time to celebrate love, friendship, and romance. In addition, Valentine's Day is becoming a day for politics and contention. The media will be full of reports of same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses across the country, advocating that marriage be redefined as merely a committed relationship for the benefit of adults. However, this is a reminder that events provide educational opportunities.

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.

Reference: Canon Law Pertaining to Marriage (Cann. 1055 - 1165)

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.”

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.

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.

The Future of Humanity Passes
Through Marriage and the Family

In the papal encyclicals from "Humanae Vitae" (1968) to "Evangelium Vitae" (1995) and especially the apostolic exhortation "Familiaris Consortio" (1981) and the magnificent "Letter to Families" (1994), Popes Paul VI and John Paul II have dedicated much attention to marriage and the family in today’s culture. From the first year of his pontificate, John Paul II constantly emphasized: “the family is the way of the Church." The family is a school of communion, based on the values of the Gospel.

 Demise of Fatherhood, First Things, June 2009, Stand with Children, Catholic for the Common Good Institute

"On the Demise of Fatherhood"
A Review

"We are now entering a brave new world, where marriage is easily dissolved before it becomes tyrannical, where parenthood is the product of choice not mere biology, where reproductive technologies allow us to have the children of our own making, and where fathers have finally earned the hard-won freedom to follow their dreams and leave their children behind."

New Video on the Meaning of Marriage
What is the meaning of marriage? Do mothers and fathers matter? Is protecting marriage bigotry? Does any state have the authority to deny children their right to a mother and a father? What are the consequences of redefining marriage?

Vatican on Legal Recognition of Homosexual Unions (Excerpts)
Why are there absolutely no grounds for giving legal recognition to unions of homosexual persons? A Vatican document addresses this question, presenting the natural truth about marriage to show why the common good requires the protection and promotion of marriage between a man and a woman as the basis of the family, and why laws favoring homosexual unions are contrary to reason, obscure basic moral values and cause a devaluation of marriage.

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