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Celebrating Christmas in Cyberspace, But at Home Too

In this Christmas season, many people may give or receive smartphones or other technology that can access the new social media. Social networking can be a wonderful way means of keeping in touch and reaching out to others, but it has a shadow side. How can we remain present to those who are part of our daily life?


Immigration Reform: Keeping Families Clearly in Mind

Scripture “is filled with migrating people who journey toward God,” said Archbishop Wilton Gregory in a speech encouraging strong support for comprehensive immigration reform. His speech, given at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Catholic bishops, highlighted the bishops’ concern that “family reunification remain the cornerstone of our nation’s immigration policy.”


Finding Christ During Advent

Does the holiday season leave you over-tired and overwhelmed? Do you need a bit of hope? Several wise observers, including Pope Benedict XVI, encourage us to look for signs of Christ’s presence in the world.


“Marital Confidence” Linked to More Couple Time

A new study proposes that spending time together can serve as a sign to a husband and wife of their mutual commitment and interest in the marriage. The researchers found that the level of confidence spouses felt about their decision to marry influenced how much time was spent with each other later.


Voters Approve Same Sex Marriage in Three States

Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington have approved the legalization of same sex marriage in their states. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to announce soon that it has accepted one or more cases involving same-sex marriage.


For Synod, Families Are Evangelization’s Natural Home

In its concluding “Message to the People of God,” the October world Synod of Bishops underscored the role of the church’s married couples and families in the new evangelization. The Synod’s message also addressed the role of grandparents in the family and the pastoral needs of divorced and remarried Catholics.


Do Wedding Rings Have Any Real Meaning?

In popular culture, a wedding ring’s significance would probably be that it conveys that a person already is married. Do wedding rings have more meaning for Catholics?


Bishops See Families as Agents of Evangelization

As the Synod of Bishops continues in Rome, many emphasized the role of married couples and families in the new evangelization. They are not just the recipients but the agents of evangelization.


Can You Believe It? How TV Portrays Love

Can unrealistic portrayals of romantic relationships on television result in harm for some married couples? Quite possibly, yes. New research finds that people who believe in such portrayals are actually less committed to their spouses.


What Did Vatican II Say About Marriage?

The Second Vatican Council’s teaching on marriage and family is often overshadowed by other topics. This teaching is significant, however, and has heavily influenced Church statements on marriage.


Cardinal Dolan Sees New Urgency Around Marriage

At the recent convention of the Knights of Columbus, New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that marriage should be looked upon with a “sense of urgency.” He noted that Catholics are “hopeless romantics … when it comes to married love.”


Is It Cold Feet? Or Something More Serious?

Premarital doubts may be common but they’re not benign, says a new research study. Engaged men and women who experience doubts before marrying can be more at risk for an unhappy marriage and divorce.


New Website Casts Light on Families in Poverty

“Is it true or is it false that one of every five children in America lives in poverty?” Just one question taken from the “Poverty Quiz” on a new and highly user-friendly website, www.povertyusa.org, established to spread the word about poverty in America. This new website was designed with educators and group leaders in mind, but it could prove useful as a tool for family discussion of the poor and our responsibilities to them.


Exploring the Family’s “Evangelizing Potential”

The world Synod of Bishops that assembles in Rome this fall will discuss the “new evangelization.” The laity of the Church are considered vital participants in evangelization. How do married couples and families serve to evangelize others?


Young Adults Remain Optimistic About Lifelong Marriage

In an age of widespread divorce, one might expect young adults to be wary of marriage. But, according to a new poll by Clark University, 86% expect their marriage to last a lifetime, and their attitudes towards love, marriage and children remain remarkably traditional.


New Study Looks at “At-Home Dads”

Who are the “new Dads” who stay at home full time with their children? A study from Boston College says they tend to be men who, with their spouses, made a choice “to dedicate themselves to full-time parenting for an often indefinite length of time.”


Love Letters From Kansas Campaign

Catholic Charities in Kansas has kicked off a new state-wide campaign to foster healthy and stable marriage and family relationships. This comprehensive effort encompasses relationship education, public awareness and online outreach.


Can a Family Still Find Time to Eat Together?

How important are family meals? Research shows that children as well as parents value this time to sit down together. It can be a challenge to schedule this daily ritual, but the benefits are huge.


Married Fathers and Mothers, and Their Children

The intact, biological family remains the gold standard for raising children, according to a new study done at the University of Texas at Austin that has captured widespread attention.


What’s (Not) Wrong With Low-Income Marriages

Statistics show that marriage in low-income communities is threatened and often experiences bad outcomes. However, a new report suggests that it would be wrong to assume that people in low-income communities do not value marriage. The report’s authors suggest that if wrong assumptions guide programs aimed at strengthening marriage, those programs may miss the mark.


How New Parents Can Improve Their Relationship

It’s well known that a marriage can suffer, at least for a while, when the first child is born. But marital dissatisfaction is not a given. A respected researcher says that couples can take a few simple steps to minimize the problem.


Pope Offers Guidance and Encouragement to International Couples

Pope Benedict XVI answered questions and offered advice to five couples at the recent World Meeting of Families in Milan. He touched on such topics as balancing home and work; growing in love through the stages of marriage; and the Church’s duty to support couples who have divorced and remarried.


What Life Satisfaction Means for Marriage

Can spouses’ sense of general satisfaction with life predict what sort of marriage they have? How does one’s satisfaction with life interrelate with one’s relationships? These are questions Denver University researchers are seeking to explore.


What Sparks Money Arguments?

It’s probably no surprise that couples argue the most about money. But what three money-related issues cause the most conflict?


Vatican Meeting to Highlight Work/Family Balance

This year the Vatican’s World Meeting of Families, to be held in Milan, will focus on the relationship between work and the family. The Meeting will call attention both to workplace goals and the goals of family life apart from work, especially on Sundays and holidays


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