Synod Prep 101: Are You Ready?

In roughly six months’ time, the Church will convene an extraordinary synod to discuss  the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” (Read the lineamenta, or preparatory document, in full at the Vatican website). In the days preceding and following the synod this October, Catholic news sources–as well as secular–will be abuzz […]

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What Does Marriage Mean?

In order to grasp the full meaning and power of marriage, we must understand why man was created. Reading the first paragraph of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we learn: “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in Himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed […]

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Obama vs. Marriage

Yesterday it was announced that President Barack Obama has ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to refrain from upholding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), declaring the act “unconstitutional.”  Notwithstanding the question of executive authority in such a matter, President Obama’s statement is certainly, as National Organization for Marriage (NOM) President Brian Brown put it, “extra-constitutional” […]

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82 Valentine’s Days Ago…

Today is a very special day for Marshall and Winnie Kuykendall of Lordsburg, New Mexico. This day marks their 82nd anniversary and makes them the longest-married couple in the United States. The Kuykendalls, who were married on February 14, 1929, are the winners of a search sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. The project was undertaken in an effort to […]

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“Our Abysmal Apathy”

Strong words from Bishop Thomas J. Tobin in his latest column, “‘Rhode Island, Most Catholic State, Welcomes Gay Marriage’” in The Rhode Island Catholic. He reviews why Catholics oppose gay marriage and explains how gay marriage will affect us and why we should be concerned. Excerpts: The march toward gay marriage across our nation is […]

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