Posts Tagged ‘Marriage’

Matrimony or Bust – Another Glimpse at the Why and How of Traditional Marriage’s Demise

All the way back in 1973, George Gilder published a book entitled Men and Marriage. He expanded and republished it in 1986. In his book, Gilder argued that our culture was marginalizing men, to its great peril. He articulated the critical role that marriage has in helping men focus their sexual energies in a creative and beneficial […] Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do Marriages Fail? Here’s One Often-Overlooked Root

The news from the Synod this day is improved. Thanks be to God, many, yes many of the bishops and synod participants have articulated how deficient and misleading the “rough draft” Relatio was. Keep praying! The struggles to lay hold of and articulate with clarity God’s stunning teaching on Holy Matrimony and family in a doubtful world […] Read the rest of this entry »

Back to Basics: A Summary of the Teaching of the Catechism on Holy Matrimony

There’s an old story told about the legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi. At one point he was so concerned that the players on his team had lost any sense of the basics of the game that he summoned them all into a classroom and had them all sit down at desks. Most of them expected a detailed review of the […] Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Rejected Unlawful and Unchaste Marriages in His Own Day – Here’s Why and Where

Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court not to take up numerous state appeals regarding same-sex unions pretty much signals that the secular redefinition is here to stay. This is really no surprise given the rather deep confusion about sexuality and marriage in our culture. The polygamists and any number of other groups demanding recognition for […] Read the rest of this entry »

Baptize but Be Discreet: On the Catholic Baptism of children presented by homosexual and other irregular parents

There has been some interesting coverage in the news recently regarding the Church’s stance on baptizing children conceived or reared in irregular situations. In recent decades there has been an explosion in the number of children conceived and born outside of Holy Matrimony. The general approach of the Church has been to baptize these children […] Read the rest of this entry »

“In Sickness and in health,” as seen in a powerful cartoon.

The video below has a scary side to it. Although it is a cartoon, I do not recommended for the youngest children, simply because it is scary. But its message is an important one on several different levels First, its title “In sickness…” is a reminder of one of the aspects of the marital vow, […] Read the rest of this entry »

Biblical Teachings on Marriage and Family. A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

It is not difficult to demonstrate that most of our modern problems center around struggles and misunderstandings regarding marriage, sexuality, and the family. Collectively as a nation and the culture, we have departed significantly from the teachings of God and common sense, when it comes to our thinking and behavior regarding these three fundamental pillars. […] Read the rest of this entry »

Some Sober Reflection on Matrimony, Sexuality and the Family. A Call to Prayer for the Upcoming Synod.

We’ve talked a good deal about the decline of marriage on this blog over the years. And our discussion must continue as the Synod on the family is planned in Rome. In my short 25 years as a priest I have experienced a major drop off in marriages. In my early years, I had about […] Read the rest of this entry »

Literally Messing with their Brain. What Recent Scientific Studies Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Raising our Children

In modern times there has been a tendency to downplay the differences between men and women, preferring to see whatever differences have historically existed as simply social constructs. This thinking was insisted upon by many as a kind of political correctness that must be held otherwise punishment and excoriation was sure to follow. Nevertheless, most […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Brief Explanation of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body.

Some of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly. I like doing that as it imposes a kind of disciplined writing on me, where I must answer questions very briefly, in about 400 words or less. A question recently came in about a topic that I have […] Read the rest of this entry »

Four Factors That Fuel the Crisis in Marriage and Family

Many of you are aware that there is an Extraordinary Synod planned in Rome on the family.   There is surely no hiding the fact that the family is in real crisis, at least in the modern Western World, if not throughout many other parts as well. We do well to ponder the reasons and […] Read the rest of this entry »

Measuring Divorce Rates is More Difficult. But whatever the measure, Practicing Catholics Fare Better.

It would seem that figuring the divorce rate would be a rather simple thing. But like most sociological phenomena, there are many complicating factors (especially today when even simple definitions are breaking down). But however you measure divorce, it would seem that practicing Catholics fare far finer than any other group, believer or non-believer. I […] Read the rest of this entry »