Marriage - Digging Deeper

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.


Tips for converssations about marriageTips for
Thanksgiving Conversations
About Marriage
SAN FRANCSICO, November 24, 2014 -- When the extended family gets together for Thanksgiving, conversations can get interesting these days when controversial subjects like marriage or homosexuality come up. With emotions running high, it is very difficult to have rational discussions with people having divergent opinions, and certainly not discussions that will change anyone’s mind. However, evangelization is not about winning arguments, it is about planting seeds of truth and trusting in the Holy Spirit. 


Pope Tells 'Haggard' Europe:
Human Dignity
Key to Renewal
- Pope Francis’ address to the European Parliament touched on a variety of issues, all of which, he said, ought to promote the “centrality” of the human person so that a true cultural renewal can be attained.


-- Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that “the family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation.”editor


Lots of High Fives:
Philly Celebrates
Announcement of Pope's Visit
-- Pope Francis’ official confirmation of a visit to Philadelphia in 2015 has stoked great Catholic enthusiasm and prompted hopes that a papal visit will reinvigorate the archdiocese.


A New Love Language:
Post Synod Conference
Seeks Ways to Communicate
Truth of Marriage- Following the dramatic and media-hyped Extraordinary Synod last month, the Vatican is hosting a colloquium seeking to find “new and creative language to speak to people where they are.”


How Can the Pope
Be Defined as "Reckless"?
SAN FRANCISCO, November 3, 2014 -- Recently, during an audience about marriage and family with 7,500 members of an Marian apostolate, the Holy Father fielded a question about how he could be defined as “reckless” by some people. The media has been having a field day spinning comments he has made to cause tremendous confusion. How he answered the question provides sage wisdom for all Christians.


The Gospel of the Family
in the Secularized West
ROME, October 13, 2014 -- That fundamental cell of society which is the family is going through a period of extraordinarily rapid evolution. Premarital relationships are now lived out in the open and divorce is almost normal, often as a result of the breaking of conjugal fidelity. This is pulling us away from the traditional physiognomy of the family, in countries and cultures marked by Christianity.


The Real Dilemma:
Indissolubility or Divorce
ROME, October 13, 2014 -- After the first week of the synod, one thing is clear: the real focus of the discussion is whether or not to admit divorce in Catholic marriage.


Bill May on Catholic Answers Live Radio, Oct 3, 2014
Re-introducing Marriage to the Culture
SAN FRANCISCO, October 2, 2014 -- Please tune in to Catholic ACatholic Answers Live with Tim Staplesnswers Live radio Friday, October 3rd as Bill May discusses the need to reintroduce marriage to the culture with host Tim Staples. It should be a lively discussion as they take calls from people across the country and Internet listeners. Check with your local EWTN affiliate radio station for the local broadcast times or use the links below.


EPARATION, DIVORCE, DISSOLUTION OF THE BOND, AND REMARRIAGE:
THEOLOGICAL AND PRACTICAL APPROACHES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHES
(excerpts)

by Cyril Vasil, S.J.


Influence of Roman and Byzantine Civil Law on Divorce and Second Marriages

In the pre-Christian era Roman law permitted divorce in general for two sets of motives: upon agreement of the parties (dissidium), or on the basis of a fault by one of the parties (repudium). […]


Preacher of Papal Household
Considers What Revelation
Can Contribute to
Marriage Problems Today
NORFOLK, VA, May 3, 2013 -- A talk given by the preacher of the Pontifical Household at the Awakening the Domestic Church conference provides a wonderful theological reflection on marriage. It includes historical notes on marriage in the Roman Empire and in the fledgling Christian community, as well as profound theological reflection on the various facets of marriage as understood through the lens of revelation.




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