Marriage

September 29, 2014

Reclaiming the Family

COMMENTARY: The Stakes Have Never Been Higher

September 28, 2014

The Erosion of Marriage

COMMENTARY: Rejecting the objective form of marriage, rooted in nature, opens the door to arbitrary redefinitions.

September 27, 2014

Pope Francis, Catholic Unity and the Synod on the Family

In interview with Opus Dei Father John Wauck of the Holy Cross Pontifical University of Rome.

September 26, 2014

Canon Law Prof: Streamlining of Annulment Process Is Welcome — ‘If Done Properly’

Luis Navarro, professor of canon law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, said that no matter what the procedure is, ‘if a marriage is valid, you cannot say it’s invalid — that’s very clear.’

September 24, 2014

U.S. Bishops Invite Faithful to Pray for Synod on the Family

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the USCCB president, said of the Sept. 28 day of prayer, ‘May God’s plan for marriage and the family be a source of hope and healing for all.’

September 23, 2014

Cardinal Burke: Rumor Mill Seeks to Undermine Synod on the Family

Media outlets with a bias against the Church are fueling expectations of a change in Church teaching, ‘which is impossible,’ the cardinal said.

September 22, 2014

Vatican Announces Commission to Streamline Marriage Process

The commission will be headed by Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, dean of the Roman Rota.

September 16, 2014

‘Love Is Our Mission — the Family Fully Alive’

World Meeting of Families’ document offers a global perspective on family issues.

September 16, 2014

No Scandal Here: The 20 Couples Married by Pope Francis Were Legit

Two authorities on Christian marriage refute media reports that criticized the Pope’s presence at a Sept. 14 Mass.

September 15, 2014

Pope Francis to Couples: Let the Cross Illuminate Your Marriage

In his capacity as the Bishop of Rome, the Holy Father presided over the marriage of 20 couples Sept. 14 in St. Peter’s Basilica.

September 10, 2014

John Paul II Institute Scholars Notably Absent from Synod

September 9, 2014

Cardinals Collaborate on Book to Defend Church Doctrine on Divorce, Remarriage

Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church will be published next month by Ignatius Press.

July 23, 2014

Rubio Kicks Off GOP Social Justice Agenda at Catholic University of America

"I consider myself to be a child of privilege," said Rubio, "because I was raised by two parents who were married to each other."

July 21, 2014

No Catholic Divorce: Grounds and Obstacles to Annulments

The Church’s investigative process into the validity of marriages is strong, but many don’t know how the process works.

July 2, 2014

Synod’s Working Document Addresses Priestly Education, Faithful Knowledge

NEWS ANALYSIS: On June 27, the Vatican released the instrumentum laboris for the October Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family.

May 10, 2014

Cardinal Baldisseri's Comments in Context

May 7, 2014

Synod Secretary General Wants Change in Church's Teaching on Marriage

April 18, 2014

Celebrities Endorse a New Product: Children as Commodities

COMMENTARY: Redefining marriage and family at the recent Fertility Planit conference in Los Angeles.

January 13, 2014

Federal Government's ‘Disregard’ for State Marriage Laws Criticized

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco encouraged Congress to support the State Marriage Defense Act.

November 22, 2013

Archbishop Rejects Misuse of Pope’s Words to Justify Illinois’ Redefinition of Marriage

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Pope Francis forcefully opposed same-sex ‘marriage’ in Argentina and asked Catholics to defend the family.

November 20, 2013

Cardinal O’Malley: Cohabitation and Student Debt Threaten Marriage

The Boston archbishop pointed out that student debt is forcing young people to postpone not only marriage, but priestly and religious vocations as well.

November 5, 2013

Will there be an earthquake at the Extraordinary Synod? (12 things to know and share)

November 5, 2013

Vatican Publishes Preparatory Document on 2014 Synod

October 22, 2013

Is Pope Francis going to let the divorced and remarried receive Communion?

September 13, 2013

Applying Pope's Syria Efforts to Defend the Unborn and Marriage

August 31, 2013

Register Radio: The Why and How to Saving Marriage

August 31, 2013

Author Defends Orthodoxy After Controversial Article on Catholics and Same-Sex 'Marriage'

Joseph Bottom says his Commonweal essay may have been unclear, but he didn’t intend to diverge from Church teaching on marriage.

August 3, 2013

English Translation of Second Part of Papal Press Conference

July 5, 2013

Panelists Predict Widespread Impact of Marriage Rulings

Catholic Information Center panelists voiced doubt that the current administration would provide sufficient religious-freedom protections.

June 28, 2013

U.S. Bishops: Court Ruling Cannot Change Essence of Marriage

Bishops called the rulings ‘a profound injustice to the American people’ and urged a renewed effort to proclaim the truth about marriage.

June 27, 2013

Family Advocates Say Marriage Ruling Ignores Children

President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors said it is time for Christians ‘to rise up and renew their efforts to protect marriage and strengthen the families in their communities.’

June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Dismisses Prop. 8

In a June 26 ruling, the court said that Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes, violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection guarantees.

June 23, 2013

Defending Marriage

Book Review of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense

June 12, 2013

Scottish Adoption Agency Celebrates Despite Closure Threat

St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society is in danger of closing due to its policy of placing children only with a married mother and father.

June 12, 2013

Venezuelan Educator Calls Condoms ‘Russian Roulette’ for Youth

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the installation of a group of factories to produce millions of condoms in Venezuela.

June 5, 2013

Advocate Says Fight to Defend Marriage in Illinois Continues

The same-sex 'marriage' bill wasn’t defeated outright before the local House of Representatives adjourned, but the deadline was extended to vote on it.

June 5, 2013

Professor Says Religion, Private Life Are Public Concerns

Professor Susan Hanssen argued that the private bonds of religion and family life are the root of public relations and should be protected by law.

May 15, 2013

Minnesota Redefines Marriage Despite Religious-Freedom Warnings

The Minnesota Catholic Conference will ‘continue to work to rebuild a healthy culture of marriage and family life, as well as defend the rights of Minnesotans to live out their faith in everyday life and speak the truth in love.’ The state is the 12th to change its definition of marriage.

April 26, 2013

Law Must be Based in Truth, Archbishop Tells Judges

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski says the state justly favors stable marriages because they serve the common good as the optimal conditions for the raising of future generations of its citizens.

April 26, 2013

Colombian Senate Rejects Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Cardinal Ruben Salazar, had issued a plea to lawmakers to consider the Church’s arguments on the question and to protect marriage.

April 24, 2013

Theologian: Same-Sex Civil Unions Discriminate Against Married Couples

Ethics professor cautions equating homosexual unions to marriage because the legal system starts to transform the nature of marriage as a social and legal institution.

April 24, 2013

Debate, Protests Mark Legalization of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in France

The new law allows same-sex couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and adopt children.

April 23, 2013

Florist Faces Second Lawsuit Over ‘Gay Wedding’ Refusal

A florist in Washington now faces two lawsuits, one from the Washington state attorney general and another from the American Civil Liberties Union.

April 19, 2013

Bishop Criticizes ‘Gay Marriage’ Approval in New Zealand

The Pacific island nation became the first country in the region and the 13th country in the world to grant legal recognition to same-sex ‘marriage.’

April 4, 2013

Study Shows Black Americans Reject ‘Gay Rights’ Equation

Rev. Bill Owens, founder and president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, criticized the analogy of same-sex ‘marriage’ to the push for racial equality.

April 1, 2013

Tools for Knowing the Nature of Marriage and the Source of Human Thriving

A Register exclusive from Archbishop Charles Chaput.

March 26, 2013

Archbishop Cordileone Leads D.C. Marriage March in Prayer

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments that challenge California’s Proposition 8, a state measure recognizing marriage as existing solely between a man and a woman.

March 20, 2013

Catholic Students Lobby at U.N. Commission on Women

The students hoped to stress the importance of human dignity and the family to members of the commission.

March 18, 2013

Should We Be Concerned About Pope Francis's Inaugural Mass?

February 27, 2013

Harvard Debate Stresses Meaning and Purpose of Marriage

Law student warns against the social harm that would come from a redefinition of marriage.

December 11, 2012

In Memoriam: Richard Wilkins, a True Friend of the Family

COMMENTARY: Remembering a friend and colleague in the fight to preserve marriage.

November 16, 2012

Should the Church Preemptively Withdraw From the Civil Marriage Business?

October 31, 2012

Four State Battles Over Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Highlight Dueling Church Strategies

Dioceses in some states work with campaign organizations that face well-funded opponents; in others, the local bishop keeps politics at arm’s length.

October 15, 2012

3 Things My Mother-in-Law Did Right

September 26, 2012

Archbishop Myers Issues Pastoral Letter on Marriage

Newark, N.J., archbishop says Catholics 'must exercise their right to be heard in the public square by defending marriage.'

September 10, 2012

Marriage After 40

August 31, 2012

Romney Vows to Protect Life, Honor Institution of Marriage and Guarantee Freedom of Religion

Mitt Romney’s Aug. 30 address concluded the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., following his acceptance of the GOP nomination for president.

August 26, 2012

Advice for Wives and Husbands

User's Guide to Sunday, Aug. 26.

August 18, 2012

Catholic Women Answer Helen Gurley Brown

Saturday Book Pick: 'Style, Sex & Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things That Really Matter'

August 10, 2012

Federal Court in Hawaii Upholds Traditional Marriage

As DOMA and Prop. 8 appeals move to Supreme Court, a federal judge rules against a challenge to Hawaii’s marriage laws.

August 10, 2012

Register Radio: Register's New Editor & Chick-Fil-A

Editor Jeanette DeMelo and Correspondent Wayne Laugesen

August 7, 2012

Spokane Bishop Urges Catholics to Reflect on Meaning of Marriage Ahead of Referendum

In November, Washingtonians will vote to approve or reject the state law redefining marriage to include same-sex couples.

July 30, 2012

Chick-fil-A Backlash 'Important Moment' for Religious Freedom, Catholic League Head Says

Two mayors want to ban fast food store for its support of traditional marriage.

July 27, 2012

U.S. Bishops’ Marriage Advocate to Lead San Francisco Archdiocese

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., the USCCB's leader on defense of marriage issues, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI as the ninth archbishop of San Francisco.

July 26, 2012

Can Heather Have 2 Mommies and 2 Daddies?

California bill creates new rules for legal parents allowing more than 2

July 17, 2012

Canadian Bishop Under Fire for Opposing HPV Vaccine

Calgary spokeswoman urges Catholic school board to disobey the Bishop Fred Henry.

July 9, 2012

Single for a Season

Emily Stimpson offers advice for joyful living until wedding bells ring.

July 3, 2012

Philippines' Constitutional Framer: More People, More Glory to God

Hilario Davide speaks of the Catholic island nation's secret to happiness in spite of poverty.

June 30, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom in Boston: Cardinal O'Malley and Catholic Leaders Educate on the Issues

Town hall panel includes head of Knights of Columbus and president of Catholic University.

June 28, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom Profile: Catholics Called to Witness

A doctor, his wife and a few friends produce a video on the essentials in Catholic voting.

June 27, 2012

Senators Defend Constitutionality of Defense of Marriage Act

Ten lawmakers filed a 'friend of the court' brief.

June 27, 2012

Carl Anderson: Threats to Religious Liberty Bring Opportunity for Authentic Catholic Witness

Knights of Columbus head says Catholics will have ‘something great to offer’ by living their faith in public.

June 26, 2012

Children Reared by 'Mom and Dad' Are Better Off ThanThose Reared by Homosexuals

New parenting study questions politically correct view that kids raised by homosexuals exhibit 'no differences.'

June 11, 2012

Children Make People Happier

U.S.-Canadian study finds a benefit to childbearing.

June 9, 2012

Helping Single Catholic Women Find 'Mr. Good'

Saturday Book Pick: Emily Stimpson's 'The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years.'

June 7, 2012

DOMA and Prop. 8: 2 Defeats for Marriage This Week

It’s looking more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon be asked to decide the same-sex ‘marriage’ issue.

June 6, 2012

'Unexpected Gift': Philadelphia Chosen to Host 2015 World Meeting of Families

News lifts a local Church struggling to resolve clergy abuse cases and 'deficit spending.'

June 5, 2012

Pope's Timely Advice on Essence of a Good Ruler

June 4, 2012

Vatican Publishes Judgment Against Sexual Ethics Book

Sister Margaret Farley’s text ‘cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching,’ states a notification likely to fuel debate over the obligations of Catholic women religious.

June 1, 2012

And we wonder why the secular west thinks Christians are ignorant homophobes?

May 14, 2012

Cardinal Dolan: 'The Law of the Gift' and a Truly Catholic University

As the Georgetown controversy continues, the president of the U.S. bishops' conference argues that academic freedom is compatible with an authentic Catholic identity.

May 10, 2012

Obama Formally Backs Same-Sex 'Marriage'

'The people of this country deserve better,' says Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference.

May 10, 2012

When Couples Struggle With the Deep, Dark Secret of Past Abortions

Let sleeping dogs lie? Or reveal it so the marriage will be based on truth? A Catholic post-abortion counselor offers advice.

April 21, 2012

Pray, Date, Marry

Catholic speaker Sarah Swafford's relationship advice and discernment before 'I do.' April 22 issue feature.

April 12, 2012

Excerpts From 'Our First, Most Cherished Liberty'

New USCCB statement on religious liberty: 'What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free ... society — or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good.'

April 10, 2012

Was JFK Right to Uphold an ‘Absolute’ Separation of Church and State?

Rick Santorum bows out of the race. But his critique of President Kennedy has already prompted Cardinal Dolan to offer his own assessment of JFK's legacy, signaling a broader push to challenge Catholic attitudes on political engagement.

March 27, 2012

Pro-Life is Easy, Pro-Marriage is Hard

March 9, 2012

Pope to U.S. Bishops: Teach Youth About Catholic Vision of Love

Holy Father outlined the roots of the 'contemporary crisis of marriage and the family' to the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota March 9. Also on that day, he connected the New Evangelization and confession.

March 7, 2012

Hawaii Lawsuit Could Lead to Same-Sex 'Marriage' in the State

Catholics for the Common Good president: 'Going the domestic partnership and civil-union route is just a stepping stone to the civil redefinition of marriage.'

March 2, 2012

Will New Hampshire Restore Traditional Marriage?

A bill would turn back the 2009 law that legalized same-sex ‘marriage’ in the state. If the bill passes, it would mark the first time that a legislature will have reversed itself on the contentious issue. This comes amid a host of state bills on the issue.

March 1, 2012

Archbishop Nienstedt Fights the Attempt to Redefine Marriage in Minnesota

The archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis discusses the true importance of God’s plan as a vote on the nature of marriage comes to a vote in November.

February 29, 2012

Biblical Reasons for Fasting, Should Government Be Involved In Marriage, Purgatory, and much more!

The Best In Catholic Blogging

February 27, 2012

Practical Distributism, Red Ladder and White Ladder, St. Francis de Sales on Temptation, and more!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

February 16, 2012

Marriage Fight Continues in Washington State

UPDATE: Abortion coverage in insurance is also at stake. Same-sex 'marriage' was signed into law by the governor Feb. 13, and traditional-marriage groups have filed a referendum as Catholics and Christians speak up for God's plan for marriage.

February 14, 2012

The Gift of Self

Feb. 12 issue column: Gifts should reflect love that “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

February 13, 2012

Equipping Men for the Spiritual Battle

The co-host of EWTN’s Life on the Rock discusses his plan to prepare men for life’s most important moments.

February 11, 2012

Do You Want to Marry George Bailey or Prince Charming?

Thinking of marriage in terms of finding a 'soul mate.'

February 8, 2012

Federal Court Strikes Down California Marriage Law

Bishops denounce decision in high-profile case headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.

February 7, 2012

New Court Ruling: Prop. 8 Is Unconstitutional

Catholics for the Common Good: 'In reality, Prop. 8 protected the only decision that unites children with their moms and dads. How can anyone fail to see the value in that for children and society?'

February 6, 2012

A Reminder Amongst the Politics - Blessed John Paul II's Perspective on Authentic Relationships

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