THE SEVEN-HUSBANDS QUESTION REVISITED
Randall B. Smith
Christ’s answer to the Sadducees does not indulge the misunderstandings that underlie their question but points us back to what is fundamental.
LOOKING BEYOND WORLDLY THINGS
To die well means to place our physical concerns, however legitimate, within the broader context of the spiritual, which is infinitely more important.
WHAT GOD HATH JOINED TOGETHER
Michael V. McIntire
Is the bond of unity of man and wife, created by oath in a sacramental marriage, also a spiritual bond that survives mortal death?
America’s conception of sex is downright sophomoric, and its overhaul starts with understanding what sex is and what it is for.
THE DECISIVE BATTLE
Richard A. Spinello
The language and tone of Amoris Laetitia seem to signal a retreat from the notion of exceptionless moral norms and the doctrine of indissolubility.
Preston R. Simpson
Mary Eberstadt argues that the increase in social pathology in Western society is at least partly due to family dysfunction.
NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK
What a crazy, mixed-up world we live in where even polygamists claim their lifestyles are part of their 'identity' and who they were created to be.
Barbara E. Rose
Instead of frittering away his time, a young man needs to take charge of his livelihood and plan his own family-centered home economy.
Much popular Catholic literature on NFP is utilitarian, claiming that obeying Church teaching results in a happier, more exciting bedroom experience.
HAS CANON LAW BECOME A DEAD LETTER?
Ines Angeli Murzaku
THE MYSTERIOUS LIGHTNESS OF THE LORD'S YOKE
The growing popularity of polygamy and "self-marriage" shows that the fringes aren't merely encroaching on the center, the fringes are the center.
WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
Philip C.L. Gray
THE DO-NOTHING CHURCH IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR
Chene Richard Heady
INTERNAL CONTRADICTIONS & ECONOMIC CRISIS
Cardinal Burke, the Church's foremost expert on annulment, said the process is "essentially connected with the doctrinal truth" of the Church, and changes should be considered with great care.
On the question of how to accommodate second marriages in the Church, most of the key players in the debate, for now, happen to be German bishops and cardinals.
ARE TODAY'S MEN DOOMED TO FAIL?
As marriage has been slowly but surely stripped of its cultural significance, the young men of today have been losing the opportunity to grow fully into mature manhood.
Christopher J. Stravitsch
Husband and wife must pour themselves out for each other in prayer, service, and loving sacrifice. They are called to become "helpmates" in the pursuit of holiness.
Not long after the same-sex marriage battles have begun we are beginning to hear promotion of polygamy, three-parent laws,
and even talk of legal incest.
Video games, superhero movies, and comic-book conventions are marketed to grown men, who comprise a significant portion of consumers of such products.
AN INVITATION TO INSANITY
Monica Migliorino Miller
The needed healing of our sexual ethic is primarily the work of the Church — a Church that contributed to the moral degeneration of the culture by remaining silent on contraception.
Viewed from the perspective of home and community, there's so much value attached to the work of stay-at-home mothers, that we've only just begun to count the cost of losing them to the workplace.
Perhaps the Church in America could take a lesson from Mexico, where the government does not recognize ecclesiastical marriages and Catholics must get married .
IT'S NOT 'CATHOLIC BIRTH CONTROL'
John F. Kippley
The right kind of NFP course offers a splendid opportunity both for a new Christ-centered evangelization and for teaching the "what" and the "why" of NFP.
Will the slippery slope lead us to a society that no longer looks askance at a woman who decides to marry
herself, her mother, her sister, or the Statue of Liberty?
FALSE DILEMMAS & SPECIAL PLEADING
James F. Csank
Daniel Maguire's "Catholic Defense of Same Sex Marriage" deploys special pleading, rhetoric masquerading as scholarship, authorities misleadingly cited, and logical fallacies.
In justifying cohabitation, these two Catholic "theologians" have abused their positions by undermining Church teaching.
A. Patrick Schneider II
Benedict XVI wrote that among the four "fundamental values" that are "not negotiable," one is "the family built upon marriage between a man and a woman."
'Pro-women' activists continue to deny the Pill's link to breast cancer, media ignore the Mayo Clinic study, and we all skip along wearing our pink ribbons.
Defenders of marriage who also defend contraception speak with an inauthentic voice that unavoidably lacks authority.
If privatization is a good thing, what's wrong with privatizing marriage,
FEMINISM RUN AMOK
Unhappily married adults who divorced were no more likely to report emotional and psychological improvements than those who stayed married.
Good golly, we've been duped again by relationship politics.
HOW TO SIN WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE
Our goal as Christian parents is to guide our children into the grace of God's love, that they might be with Him for all eternity.
RADIATION SICKNESS IN THE CHURCH
Dermott J. Mullan
Dissent affects spiritual life in a way that is analogous to what happens to biological life in the aftermath of an atomic bomb.
THE GRAVE SIN OF ADULTERY
A surprising number of couples remarried outside the Church opt to live as brother and sister, so that one or both can receive the sacraments and return to the state of grace.
America magazine is unhappy with Catholic teaching on "remarriage."
Review of Crossing the Threshold of Love: A New Vision of Marriage in the Light of John Paul II's Anthropology
When it comes to marriage, liberals throw all that out the window.
Why do the Baptists have the highest rate of divorce?
Invent your own ceremony, write your own vows, and ordain your own minister.
Nancy E. Smith
Reviews of One Hundred Answers to Your Questions on Annulments... What God Has Joined Together: The Annulment Crisis in America
TO DATE OR NOT TO DATE?
Charles E. Moore
The myth of romance takes place in the immediate, the now; what is paramount is the special feeling, not the other person.
A TIME FOR APOLOGETICS, NOT APOLOGIES
Janet E. Smith
Men and women today are tired of unfaithfulness, tired of shallow and brief relationships. They crave something more meaningful and reliable.
FRUITFUL OR DESERTED GARDEN?
HOME AT LAST
James J. Thompson Jr.
Thomas W. Case
Here is a conversion story that talks about how you join the Church seeking a kind of haven and then all hell breaks loose.
It is because of this intimate connection between the Eucharist and the remarried person’s prior marriage, that reception of the Eucharist must be refused.
Are we only drive-bound or are we at the constant call of drives yet able to be their sovereign: moral and spiritual masters of our particular lives?
IN LIGHT OF CREATION, FALL & REDEMPTION
Sacred Scripture and the mystical tradition in the Church present our redemption by Christ in terms of a husband-wife relationship.
- Karl Keating