Archive for ‘Marriage in the News’
Can silence be “an essential part of communication?” It seems contradictory, but Pope Benedict points out that, among other benefits, silence can enhance what we say to each other.
It’s easy to be committed to a marriage when it’s meeting your needs. But what happens when you’re not getting what you want out of a relationship? Researchers discover a “second dimension” of commitment that can keep the marriage afloat.
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference encourages married couples to use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to affirm marriage and life-long romantic love. They urge couples to practice “smart loving,” that is, knowing the way one’s spouse likes and needs to be loved.
Many church leaders believe that individualism runs against the grain of marriage. One problem, they say, is that it fosters a focus on oneself. While spouses need to grow as individuals and as a couple, the hope is that they will grow with and through each other.
For most couples, preparing the family budget is a chore. One financial writer suggests another perspective: It’s a good way for husband and wife to spend some quality time alone with each other.
Do you want to be happy as a couple and as parents? A new report finds that wedded bliss is often found by embracing an “ethic of generosity.” Generosity expressed through small actions appears to boost men’s and women’s chances of successfully combining marriage and parenthood.
New research finds that the U.S. marriage rate continues to decline, dropping by five percent from 2009 to 2010. What’s behind these startling statistics?
Thirty years ago it was rare to see a stay-at-home Dad. These days it’s a common feature of marriage and parenthood. Even the experts don’t know where trends are heading, but we do know that fathers are more involved than ever in child care.
Do you assume that a supervisor’s influence is limited to the workplace? A new study finds that abusive supervision can cause the employee to take stress home, creating tension and conflict within the family.
In a recent document, Pope Benedict urges Catholics in Africa to recognize and appreciate the contributions of women to family life and to the life of the Church.
A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that many parents are successfully influencing their teens’ online behavior. In addition, many teens understand the dangers of acting naively on recklessly when online.
England will soon change a law that has stood since the 16th century. How does this relate to marriage? The change in the law will allow members of the British royal family to marry Catholics.
A new research report says that many divorces are preventable, and children and society could benefit if these couples had a second chance.
A new research study finds that a couple’s attitudes towards money, not always money itself, can stress a marriage. Read how materialism can hurt a marriage and who is most at risk.
Threats to religious liberty in the United States are mounting, say the nation’s Catholic Bishops. Examples include mandated coverage of contraception and sterilization in insurance plans, conscience protection for charitable workers, and efforts to redefine marriage.
Balancing home and work is a major issue for most couples.But how they manage their work within the home can have long-term effects on each spouse’s health.
New research finds that stress in a marriage may not be all bad. A couple who successfully handles moderate stresses early in a marriage can be better prepared for major stresses later on.
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, is asking President Obama to end the administration’s campaign against the federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and woman.
The vocations of married couples and priests are different, yet complementary and harmonious, Pope Benedict XVI said Sept. 11 in a speech in the Adriatic port city of Ancona, Italy. He encouraged priests and married couples to esteem “each other’s charism.”
Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has challenged his fellow bishops to preach, educate, and advocate for the poor and the jobless. His call was prompted by a new Census Bureau report that shows significant increases in the poverty rate.
A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that household incomes fell last year while the poverty rate rose. For the Church, these findings represent moral concerns, not only because they involve human survival, but because they can cause people to lose hope in the future.
World Youth Days have often been a catalyst for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. In Madrid, however, young people also heard a thing or two about marriage from Pope Benedict XVI. All vocations, said the Pope, are calls to service, and together they form a tapestry of life in the church.
New research finds that cohabitation has replaced divorce as the number one threat to the stability of family life. Children in poor and working class families, whose parents are less likely to be married, are at a particular disadvantage.
Bishop Kevin Rhoades, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, addressed a first-ever Marriage Summit convened by the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers. He identified four cornerstones that are essential for a “marriage-building” church.
The next World Meeting of Families, to be held May 30-June 2, 2012 in Milan, Italy, is certain to discuss the question: Are couples today successfully balancing the demands of their life at home with the demands of their jobs outside the home?