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July 01, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Analyzing the ramifications of the June 26 same-sex marriage ruling for the Catholic Church at the national, state and local levels will take time, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

It has implications for "hundreds, if not thousands" of...

George Weigel
July 01, 2015

In the wake of the Supreme Court's marriage decision, these sober thoughts occur:

(1) The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has rendered a decision that puts the Court at odds with the Constitution, with reason, and with biblical...

July 01, 2015

"The decision issued today by the Supreme Court to effectively change the legal definition of marriage in the United States does not alter the unassailable truth that marriage is, and always will be, the life-long, life-giving union of one man and one woman."...

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON -- In a landmark ruling, a divided Supreme Court June 26 said same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide.

"The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and...

June 20, 2015

As the institution of marriage faces unprecedented challenges, the Catholic Church continues to promote and defend marriage as being between one man and one woman, said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.

As chairman of the bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion...

June 17, 2015

Come the end of this month, the nation likely will witness a redefinition of marriage.

Same-sex marriage already has become a part of our culture. According to Gallup, there are approximately 400,000 same-sex married couples in the United States. That number is...

June 17, 2015

What does marriage mean to you?

Consider these words: procreative, covenant, sacramental, definitive, joyful.

Those are some of the ways in which the Catholic Church explains its teaching on marriage, between a man and a woman.

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June 17, 2015

A recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute shows there is a broad support for same-sex marriage in the United States. There is also a strong belief the U.S. Supreme Court will rule to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

Overall, 55 percent of...

June 17, 2015

A letter from religious leaders of different faith denominations to public service officials underscored their commitment to promoting and defending marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

The open letter, released in April and signed by 35 leaders of...

June 17, 2015

The court has bundled appeals of lower court rulings about the laws of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee under the title of the Ohio case, Obergefell v. Hodges. That case arose after the October 2013 death of John Arthur of Cincinnati. He and his longtime partner,...

Married for 30 years, John and Claire Grabowski of Maryland spoke to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) assembly in St. Louis. Archbishop listing ideas and initiatives at work within the Church to strengthen marriage.
June 12, 2015

It was not surprising that marriage and the family were among the issues the U.S. bishops considered as they planned their strategic priorities for the next few years.

Earlier during the Spring General Assembly June 10-12 in St. Louis, they heard from Archbishop...

May 20, 2015

Every Friday night, there's a party at Rick and Maria Hill's home in Lake St. Louis.

It started about 15 years ago, when the Hills invited several couples and their children to come over after dinner for dessert and fellowship. The families prayed the Rosary...

April 29, 2015

WASHINGTON -- The questions raised by Supreme Court justices as they considered April 28 whether they should rule that same-sex marriage should be made legal nationwide covered a gamut of rights concerns -- religious, equal protection, states' ability to enact laws....

January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Jan. 16 to hear four cases over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, tackling the questions of whether the 14th Amendment requires states to allow such marriages and whether it requires them to recognize same-sex marriages...

Pope Francis spoke doing his weekly general audience Nov. 5.
November 06, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- A month after closing a Synod of Bishops on the family stirred by controversy over divorce, same-sex unions and other nonmarital relationships, Pope Francis will open an interreligious conference dedicated to traditional marriage.

The Vatican-...

June 26, 2014

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...

June 25, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Political and religious leaders encouraged Americans to promote traditional marriage with truth and love at the second annual March for Marriage.

Referencing the passage from the Gospel of Matthew, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute...

March 06, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Marriage needs "to be preserved and strengthened, not redefined," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said Feb. 28 in support of the State Marriage Defense Act of 2014, introduced into the U.S. Senate by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

"Every...