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“Before I Do”: Premarital experiences affect the present

Emily Macke discusses a study done by the National Marriage Project that links premarital sex, cohabitation and the size of one’s wedding ceremony to the quality of one’s marriage.


Declining Rates of Catholic Weddings

Emily Macke discusses a trend among Americans today, especially the Millennial generation, who seem to be opting out of Church weddings,


A no-nuptial safety net?

Emily Macke examines a new trend in non-marital relationships to set up a contract for what happens to the couple’s assets if they break up.


The Challenges of Communicating Life and Love

Emily Macke continues her reflection on the Instrumentum Laboris, this time discussing Church teachings on birth control in respect to the recent Hobby Lobby decision and upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family.


The bishops find a pulse on the state of the family

As preparations continue for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in October 2014, Emily Macke discusses the “Instrumentum Laboris,” the preparatory document for the Synod that addresses the Bishops’ concern for marriage and family life.


Divorce Parties and Family Photographs

While divorce was once a topic discussed delicately, some are now using it as an occasion to celebrate lavishly. Emily Macke discusses the rise of “divorce parties” and the lingering effects of divorce, especially on children.


The Family at the Heart of Development

In his recent address to the United Nations, Pontifical Council for the Family President Archbishop Paglia discussed the importance of the family as the center of society and human development. Marriage in the News writer Emily Macke outlines and reflects upon the five main points of his address.


Marriage Movie Night

Could watching movies help prevent divorce? A recent study shows the positive effects that discussing the relationships that are portrayed in film can have on one’s own relationship.


Facebook and Marriage

Is social media helpful to relationships or harmful? This article looks more deeply into the effect social media is having on relationships today and our ability to communicate with others.


Conscious Uncoupling vs. The Joy of “Yes” Forever

Is lifelong married love possible? Proponents of “conscious uncoupling” say no, but Pope Francis says a resounding “yes!”


66 Years of Marriage, Death 39 Hours Apart

Read about one couple’s beautiful witness to lifelong married love.


Marriage: The Gold Standard

Does cohabiting before marriage lessen one’s chances of divorce? Conventional wisdom might say “yes,” but social science says “no.” Read on for why the “alternative lifestyle” of marriage is a solid foundation for a couple’s future.


Fraternity and the Family

In his 2014 World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of recognizing all human persons as our brothers and sisters – a recognition that begins in our families.


“Co-parenting” websites

Emily Macke looks at a relatively new phenomenon called “co-parenting,” where two (or more) adults contract with each other to have a child, without any expectations of relationships between them.


“Self-Wedding in a Box” kit?

Is it possible to marry yourself? How about an inanimate object? Reflecting on recent trends, Emily Macke writes about the importance of *another person* to the communion of man and woman that is marriage.


A Fresh Look at Divorce Statistics: Signs of Hope and Concern

In new research on divorce, Catholics enjoy a lower-than-average divorce rate – a sign of hope. But marriage rates continue to be low among both Catholics and the general public – a sign of concern and a reminder of the need to encourage young people to embrace the vocation of lifelong marriage.


Pope Francis in Assisi: Advice to young people about marriage

During a recent visit to his namesake’s hometown of Assisi, Pope Francis spoke to young people about the vocation of marriage. “Don’t be afraid to take definitive steps, such as that of marriage,” said the Holy Father.


Secular Press Suggests Time is Ripe to Rediscover, Promote NFP

Two secular magazines recently admitted women’s growing discontent with the Pill. Tired of the unpleasant side effects of hormonal contraception, some women are resorting to the withdrawal method as a way of preventing pregnancy; others are re-discovering fertility awareness-based methods. These trends suggest that the time is ripe to encourage men and women to reconsider the Church’s rich teaching on human sexuality.


Perspectives for Families: The Interview with Pope Francis

In a now-famous interview, Pope Francis shared many insights about marriage and the family. David Gibson writes about the Holy Father’s take on community, patience, “daily sanctity,” and more.


Communication That Arises From a Caring Heart

Many married couples wonder, “How can we communicate better?” In her new book “One in the Lord,” spirituality writer Susan Muto talks about the habits that sustain good communication, and especially good listening, such as kindness, other-centered love, and patience.


Dating Breakups in the Age of Smart Phones: Effects on Future Commitment

Breaking up is hard to do. But modern technology, and especially social media, might make it even harder to really end a dating relationship, says researcher Scott Stanley. The rise of what he calls “soft” breakups could have effects on a person’s future commitment to a spouse.


International Rome Pilgrimage to Celebrate the Family

The Pontifical Council for the Family invites all families to Rome for a special pilgrimage of families to St. Peter’s tomb, October 26-27. The pilgrimage will celebrate the family as a privileged place for teaching the faith and as an antidote against excessive individualism.


More Young Adults Live At Home With Their Parents

According to new research, over one-third of young adults ages 18 to 31 were living in their parents’ homes in 2012. Even after the recession’s official end, this percentage is continuing to grow.


A Papal Salute to Grandparents

Speaking at World Youth Day, Pope Francis described the relationship between the old and the young as “a treasure to be preserved and strengthened.” The Pope has frequently spoken on the important role of grandparents, citing his own paternal grandmother.


Are Online Dating Sites Coming of Age?

A new study concludes that “a surprising number of Americans now meet their spouse online,” and “meeting a spouse online is on average associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction and lower rates of marital breakup.” More than one-third of U.S. marriages between 2005 and 2012 began online.


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