The Sacramentality of Human Love according to St. John Paul II

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Vatican City, November 17, 2014 Dear Friends, It is my distinct honor and personal pleasure to be with you at this important Colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman, and to share with this august assembly the perspective of … [Read more...]

The Legacy of the Vision of Pope John Paul II for Marriage and Family

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Not even the bullet from the barrel of an assassin’s gun could stop Pope John Paul II from emphasizing early in his pontificate the issues of marriage and family. In just the first five years, he created six key markers in these critical … [Read more...]

Streamlining Annulments

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This headline greeted the announcement that Pope Francis was establishing a commission to make suggestions for altering the annulment process in the Catholic Church. The word “streamlining” is, perhaps, not the Vatican’s word, but it … [Read more...]

True, Virginal Wife of Joseph

The Holy Family, by Juan Simon Gutierrez (1643-1718).

Recently, a holy, married couple made the following claim regarding the central place of sexual intercourse in sacramental marriage, expressed as a personal insight, gained over the course of more than 50 years of sacramental … [Read more...]

Fall Reading for October 2014

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History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium. James F. Hitchcock (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2012) 584 pages. (Reviewed by Fr. Brian Van Hove, SJ) The Word Made Love: The Dialogical Theology of … [Read more...]

Past and Present Conceptions of Tradition: Looking at the Synod on the Family

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“Tradition” is one of the most important concepts in Christianity, and yet, it is a term very often misunderstood among Catholics, let alone other Christians. I propose that this is precisely why the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, … [Read more...]

What Should the October Synod Discuss?

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...I must say that we are blinking at reality if we do not face up to the fact that since the 1950s, marriage and the family, outside and inside the Church, have been plunged into an ever-growing crisis—to the extent that their nature, … [Read more...]

“Go and Call Your Husband”: What Enables a Marriage to Endure?

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The unity of will between a husband and wife that God establishes is realized also through a life that is fully shared. A marriage is contracted as a result of the consent of the spouses, and this consent needs to be renewed each … [Read more...]

The Side Effects of the Pill: Why the Church Has So Much to Say about Contraception

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The Church pays special attention to the issue of contraception ... because so many of the modern errors in moral theology converge in this particular question of conjugal morality. There is an impression out there–in the world and … [Read more...]

Defining the Obvious

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision to strike down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional is an example of how basic definitions logically determine what is regarded as morally just and what is … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Decision on Marriage: “Tragic Day for Marriage and our Nation”

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Marriage is the only institution that brings together a man and a woman for life, providing any child who comes from their union with the secure foundation of a mother and a father. June 26, 2013 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court … [Read more...]

The Dynamic of the Gift: Authority and Submission in Christian Marriage

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Both persons in a marriage are called to love ... called to a life of giving and receiving.  The catch is:  spouses don’t give and receive in exactly the same way ... because man and woman are not replicas of one another, nor are they … [Read more...]

Gender: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

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We Americans face a state of affairs relating to marriage and family ... (where we) must now attempt to show why the divinely-instituted laws of marriage and family are binding not only for Christians, but hold true for … [Read more...]

Spousal Love in Conjugal Spirituality

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Spousal union is sacramental because it makes visible the invisible reality of God’s spousal love for his people.  Our Catholic faith is lived through an array of spiritual traditions. While each observes the same theological truths, … [Read more...]

Liturgy: The Foundation and Strength of Marriages

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The Eucharistic celebration is a testament to the need for man’s self-gift as response to God’s gift to us through his Son .... to find himself through his own, sincere gift of himself ... reflected in his total consecration to God … [Read more...]

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