Marriage - Digging Deeper

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia with Pope Francis.

Archbishop Chaput on the Synod:
‘Very Positive,’ but Not Problem-Free
VATICAN October 23, 2015 At this year’s Synod on the Family, Archbishop Charles Chaput might be dubbed “The Shepherd of Truth.”


The Saint and the Synod– 
John Paul II’s Legacy
Still Seen in Church Teaching
VATICAN, October 22, 2015 -- Though it has been more than 10 years since the death of Pope John Paul II, the saint’s impact can still be seen in those working to uphold Church teaching at the Synod on the Family, said his former secretary.


Pope: Divorce and Remarriage
Contradicts the Sacrament, but
Church Always Reaches 
VATICAN, August 5, 2015 -- Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons integrate into the community rather than treating them as though they are excommunicated.


Cardinal: Divorced, Remarried Catholics
Need Support for Conversion,
Not Changes on Communion
VATICAN, June 11, 2015 -- Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change in Church practice on the reception of Holy Communion, a prominent cardinal said.


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.




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