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COMBATING MORAL RELATIVISM

J.S. Onesimo Sandoval presented a talk titled “Changing Demographic Portrait of the American Family” at the Missouri Catholic Conference’s Annual Assembly. The assembly was held  Oct. 4 at the Missouri state Capitol building in Jefferson City. The assembly addressed marriage and family issues in the country with a keynote given by Dr. Ed Hogan, a theologian at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and director of the archdiocesan Paul VI institute.

Relativism is a serious problem in our culture. We've seen evidence in how society views marriage and children. Truth becomes subjective, a product of what the culture desires. No one is wrong, and just about any kind of behavior is acceptable.

But families can be at the forefront of turning around relativism, according to Ed Hogan, director of the archdiocesan Paul VI Institute.

Editorial | Overcoming moral obesity

Here is a sample of what the Vatican is up against as the Synod of Bishops on the family meets in Rome this month. Consider these statistics in the United States regarding marriage and family:

- More than 40 percent of children are born outside of marriage;

- The percentage of men and women who don't marry has doubled in the past 50 years;

- One out of three babies born today has one parent in the household;

Is this surprising? No. Should we be concerned? Absolutely.

MCC assembly to focus on families

The Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, will examine the many challenges facing married couples and families in the 21st century. Family scholars say that children do better as adults if raised by their mother and father, but single-parent households are common, as are families that include the parent and a live-in partner. Children can be very resilient, but so many transitions can cause confusion and lead to trouble in school and even juvenile delinquency.

Catholics played key role in legislative action

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Catholic citizens played a key role in the passage of pro-life legislation in the recently concluded veto session of the Missouri General Assembly, according to the Missouri Catholic Conference's executive director, Mike Hoey.

"Catholics from around the state contacted their legislators and it made a big difference," Hoey said. "Without those calls and e-mails I don't think we could have passed this much pro-life legislation."

MCC aims for override of abortion wait veto

With the exception of an emergency, life-or-death situation in which surgeons immediately operate on a patient, most surgeries are scheduled, maybe one or two weeks out ... or even longer.

However, for perhaps the most important decision of a woman's life — whether to have a baby or to end its nascent life with an abortion — the state of Missouri requires only a 24-hour waiting period. And a recent attempt to extend the wait to 72 hours failed.

Sanction of same-sex marriages prompts strong reactions

A city named after the Roman Catholic Church's only canonized king of France has sanctioned same-sex marriages, which are contrary to the Church's teachings as well as to the constitution of its state.

Four couples were issued marriage certificates June 25 after exchanging vows in the office of St. Louis Mayor Francis C. Slay. Municipal Judge Joseph Murphy conducted the civil ceremonies of a female couple and three male couples. Slay took cellphone photos of the couples, according to an account on stltoday.com — the website of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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