Archive for ‘Marriage in the News’
In his new pastoral letter, Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston notes that 30% of West Virginia children under age 5 live in poverty. He addresses the complexity of poverty and the need for a moral commitment to overcome it.
Does marriage begin at its high point, with couples enjoying their greatest life satisfaction during their first year together as husband and wife? According to research conducted in Australia, the most satisfied couples were those married 40 years or longer.
A new State of Our Unions report warns that raising children outside of marriage is becoming the new norm. It urges national leaders to pay attention to family structure and the effects on children’s well-being.
The family has a vital role in fostering peace according to Pope Benedict XVI in his message for the Jan. 1, 2013, World Day of Peace.
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?
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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?
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.