Category Archives: marriage and love

When marriage between man and woman is “a truth which cannot be spoken”

From the pastoral letter of the bishops of Australia: “Don’t Mess with Marriage” Redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships will have far reaching consequences for all of us. Here are a few real life examples that have occurred recently: – The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, ordered Christian ministers to perform same-sex weddings under pain … Continue reading When marriage between man and woman is “a truth which cannot be spoken”

The Adult Children of Divorce Find Their Voice

Almost on a whim, but primarily because a close friend of mine had revealed her still-unfolding struggles with the long-ago divorce of her parents, I started asking adult children of divorce about their experiences. I eventually wrote up a brief questionnaire, appealing on social media for volunteers. The answers I received in a virtual avalanche … Continue reading The Adult Children of Divorce Find Their Voice

The Truth of Marriage (Mark Coleridge)

Australian-born Margaret Somerville is Professor of Law at McGill University in Canada and a world-renowned ethicist. In Sydney recently she said that “euthanasia is not an incremental change to current end-of-life practices but a radical and massive shift in our society’s and civilisation’s foundational values”. Her words could be adapted to same-sex marriage, which is … Continue reading The Truth of Marriage (Mark Coleridge)

Marriage equality & discrimination

Advocates for ‘same-sex marriage’ 1 rarely  focus on the real meaning and purpose  of marriage. Instead they assume that  equal dignity and the principle of non- discrimination demand the legal recognition  of same-sex relationships as marriages. This appeal to equality and non- discrimination gets things the wrong way  around. Justice requires us to treat people … Continue reading Marriage equality & discrimination

Misleading the public, neglecting the child

Introduction The Australian Medical Association has lent its authority to the cause of homosexual ‘marriage’ by issuing its Position Statement on Marriage Equality (May 20th 2017).i This was done without consulting AMA members or the wider medical community, and now we, the undersigned medical practitioners, respond. Our nation’s peak medical body should not publish misleading … Continue reading Misleading the public, neglecting the child

Changing understandings of marriage (Anthony Fisher)

2.1 The classical view of marriage Well, as the American pop-punk band Blink-182 once sang, “I’ve been here before a few times”. Thirteen years ago, then a newish bishop, I had the privilege of giving this annual lecture. I noted that marriage had traditionally been understood as “the union of a man and a woman … Continue reading Changing understandings of marriage (Anthony Fisher)

Is same-sex marriage about love? (Mark Coleridge)

By now the arguments for and against same-sex marriage are well enough known to those who want to know them, even if much of the debate has been too shallow or slick to do justice to the deeper issues. So there’s no need for me to go over well trodden ground. But in a debate … Continue reading Is same-sex marriage about love? (Mark Coleridge)

Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders

December 15, 2017 Dear Friends: As leaders of various communities of faith throughout the United States, many of us came together in the past to affirm our commitment to marriage as the union of one man and one woman and as the foundation of society. We reiterate that natural marriage continues to be invaluable to … Continue reading Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders

Marriage: The Answer to the Rising Concern of Parentlessness

Parentlessness is a great problem of both domestic and global concern. Parents ideally are the father and mother of a child who have and exercise legal and social responsibility for children – to support, educate, love, nurture, and rear them as members of their family.  Yet parentless or partial parentlessness is a persistent scourge of … Continue reading Marriage: The Answer to the Rising Concern of Parentlessness

Our stand on marriage, family and human society

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria would like to once again reiterate the perspective of the Church on more recent developments concerning the sanctity and dignity of human life and the institutions of marriage and the family all across the world. The recent rise in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender activism, the popular vote in … Continue reading Our stand on marriage, family and human society

Forced Marriages Introduction

What is a forced marriage? forced marriage happens when one or both participants are coerced into matrimony – without their free consent. They may have been emotionally blackmailed, physically threatened or abused. Forced marriages differ from arranged ones, which may have been set up by a relative or friend, but are willingly agreed to by … Continue reading Forced Marriages Introduction

Marriage is important – Reflect before you change it

Within weeks the people of Ireland will be asked to vote in a referendum that will change the meaning of marriage in the Constitution of Ireland. Marriage is of fundamental importance for children, mothers and fathers, and society – all of us need to reflect deeply before changing it. We ask the people of Ireland … Continue reading Marriage is important – Reflect before you change it

19. Giving Life? Does It Just Mean Having Lots of Children?

Having children, is of course the first way to give life… and it is a beautiful and extraordinary adventure. However, there can be other ways. Adoption is one example, or a couple’s commitment to society, or to the poor. Having children does not just mean giving them biologial life. Neither has quantity anything to do … Continue reading 19. Giving Life? Does It Just Mean Having Lots of Children?

Family Day in Roma (20 june) – To promote the child’s right to grow up with Mom and Dad

“To promote the child’s right to grow up with Mom and Dad, we want to defend the natural family from the assault which is constantly subjected from this Parliament, we want to protect our children from the propaganda theories of gender that is advancing surreptitiously and in an increasingly worrying in schools. ” The committee “Since … Continue reading Family Day in Roma (20 june) – To promote the child’s right to grow up with Mom and Dad