Marriage: It’s a Big Deal, Guys | The Backroom

Joe Ferullo, a blogger at the National “Catholic” Reporter (which, if you don’t know, “is not connected to the Church itself and is independent”) published a post titled “A missed opportunity to celebrate a young couple.” In it he bemoans Church teachings on the sacraments, which (let’s face it) is exactly what the readership of the publication has come to expect. He outlines the story of a young mixed-religion couple struggling to get married in the Catholic Church:…

via Marriage: It’s a Big Deal, Guys | The Backroom.

Catholic Marriage | Catholic Moral Theology Catholic Marriage |

BY: JASON KING

Strange times for marriage, huh?

Two cases regarding the legal recognition of gay marriage are before the Supreme Court.

Princeton alumna Susan Patton told women at Princeton to spend their time finding a mate. While some were outraged, most saw it as a candid (perhaps too candid) admission that marriage is about securing economic status and marriage to an ivy leaguer furthers this end.

Cohabitation is the new normal.  “By the time they’re 20, 1 in 4 women ages 15 to 44 in the U.S. have lived with a man, and by the time they’re 30, that ratio climbs to 3 in 4.”

Recently, Diane Rehms discussed the frequency of sexual assaults at college and universities.  Sadly, the story merely reflects the high levels of violence that perpetually affect women, often from their own spouses or boyfriends.

Only a little more than 50% of marriages make it their 20th Anniversary.

Whatever your thoughts on these issues, they all arise from some basic realities about love and marriage…more

via Catholic Marriage | Catholic Moral Theology Catholic Marriage |.

2 TOPICS, 2 SPEAKERS, 1 NIGHT: MARRIAGE? CONTRACEPTION? WHATS THE BIG DEAL? – chicagotribune.com

The Respect Life Ministries at St. Bernards in Homer Glen, , Our Lady of the Woods, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Michaels in Orland Park have announced the next program in their 2013 Knowledge and Prayer Education series – a double header with two topics and two speakers on MAY 9th , 7 PM at Our Lady of the Woods, 10731 W. 131st. in Orland Park.Deacon Richard Hudzik, Co-vicar for the Diaconate Community for the Archdiocese of Chicago will explore the richness and depth that is real marriage. It is astonishing, a challenge, a thrill, and a call to sainthood; a means to enrich you and your spouses soul, a path to heaven. Find out what the Church really teaches and why! He even ventures into a discussion of “gender complementarity” – we are unique for a reason!Anne & Matt McClure have a rich background in Family Ministries, volunteer with the Couple to Couple League and are frequent speakers at pre- Cana seminars. They will move from Deacon Hudziks explanation of marriage into a brief discussion of the Theology of the Body, the “language” that our bodies speak and how God designed them for marital relationships. They then explore contraception and its impact on marriages, on health, on marital communication, unity etc. They conclude by discussing a viable alternative.

via 2 TOPICS, 2 SPEAKERS, 1 NIGHT: MARRIAGE? CONTRACEPTION? WHATS THE BIG DEAL? – chicagotribune.com.

Live a longer life with a healthy marriage – Catholic Charities of Kansas and Love Letters from Kansas share – Catholic Diocese of Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. – April 16, 2013 – Marriage has long been touted as an opportunity for couples to improve their quality of life, as they are typically able to enjoy more happiness and financial stability together. Research also shows that a healthy marriage can help people live longer and healthier lives. Love Letters from Kansas, a public awareness campaign sponsored by Catholic Charities of Kansas that promotes the benefits of healthy relationships through free relationship education workshops in communities across the state, encourages Kansans to learn about the lifelong benefits marriage can offer.Healthy relationships and healthy lives go hand in hand. Through…

via Live a longer life with a healthy marriage – Catholic Charities of Kansas and Love Letters from Kansas share – Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

The Catholic Science Geek: Pre-Cana…Minus the Cana Part

I’ve finally had a chance to go to my Pre-Cana class with my fiance (who was very recently confirmed!). It really wasn’t what I expected it to be. As my fiance put it, it was 10,000 times less Catholic than he expected. I think that could be the best way to explain it. Granted, there are quite a few of these pre-Cana events going on in NJ…so maybe I just ended up picking the wrong one to attend…but it was very disappointing. I really hope, however, that this was the worst of the bunch…because I can only imagine what the worst pre-Cana would be if ours was second worst…

via The Catholic Science Geek: Pre-Cana…Minus the Cana Part.

Speaker to unite marriage, family and faith for Catholic men : The 402/411

Women are two times more likely than men to be involved in their churches and faith community, according to a Gallup survey.That was especially true in the Catholic church.Texas businessman Steve Bollman wondered why. He was even more intrigued when he discovered that every Wednesday morning 500 men — one-third of them Catholic — got up earlier than normal to attend a men’s program at a local Protestant church.We didn’t have anything like that for men in the Catholic church, Bollman recalled.And so, with the blessing of his priest in Houston, Bollman created Paradisus Dei, a ministry for Catholic men. At its heart is “That Man is You,” a three-year educational…

via Speaker to unite marriage, family and faith for Catholic men : The 402/411.