Isn’t love what we all desire? How could we live without loving and being loved? Among the different expressions of love are friendship, dedication to a cause or to a person, the love of parents for their children, the exclusive love between a man and a woman united in marriage and the love with which … Continue reading 1. Love, what is It?
Dear policy-maker, dear politician, I am a woman and a mother. And I have a lot to tell you about I have worked during many years outside home and now I devote myself 100% to my family. Since I started working I felt that the entry of women to the workforce followed a masculine pattern … Continue reading Letter from a mother to the politicians
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 question is not whether I can remain faithful all my life when I get married, but rather whether I am determined to stay with the person I marry for life. Every day, we are called to renew the commitment we made in Church on our wedding day; to say ‘yes’ in our everyday acts. … Continue reading 14. How can i remain faithful all my life?
This could end up being a controversial post, but not intended to be. The average American household size is 2.5 persons with the average household having .90 children. Wow! When I looked up this statistic tonight, I was shocked by the number. The number of children per household has drastically fallen since I last checked … Continue reading Why most families have 2 children
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)
The Catholic Church cares deeply about marriage because it is a fundamental good in itself, a foundation of human existence and flourishing, and a blessing from God. The decision to commit permanently and exclusively to sharing the whole of one’s life with someone of the opposite sex and to raise any children that are the … Continue reading The importance of marriage and family
One view, marriage is essentially an emotional tie, enhanced by public promises and consensual sexual activity. The marriage is valuable as long as the good emotions last. Proponents of this view of marriage argue that, given that men and women, men and men, and women and women, can have these sorts of emotional ties, all … Continue reading Emotional tie -v- Comprehensive one-flesh union
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
At this time in history there is much discussion about the meaning of marriage. Some suggest that it is unjustly discriminatory not to allow people with same-sex attraction to marry someone of the same sex. Others believe that marriage is an institution uniting a man and a woman. We wish by this pastoral letter to … Continue reading Respect for all
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
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)
The Church views marriage as a unique relationship between a woman and a man. Marriage is also a fundamental institution for all societies because of its importance in uniting spouses as potential parents and in providing for the upbringing of their children. It has therefore been understood as the union of a man and a … Continue reading Marriage is
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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?
“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
You are getting married and you want true love. You want to give yourselves completely to each other. In all the dimensions of your being. In the joy that is both offered and shared, with this great ability to give the life that is present in you. Nature and freedom let you control the extraordinary … Continue reading 18. I’m getting married, But I don’t want children right away… What should I do?
We hear about love in a family, complaints in a family, problems in a family. Isn’t this because the family has its deepest roots in life and happiness? Modern psychology has shown the necessity of a loving family for the development of a child. Yes, we reach an age when it is considered normal to … Continue reading 17. Why have a family?
Many people ask themselves this question. One can understand why when looking at the problems we face in the world: economic crisis, ecological deterioration, under-development, war, etc. But the question is more involved than this. In a way, it is always a risk to have children; it is a leap into the unknown. Will we … Continue reading 16. Having children today, Isn’t it crazy?
Love is not based on the feeling that I love or do not love someone. Moreover, it evolves with time. When a couple show their love in a different manner or less visibly this does not mean that it no longer exists. It is true however, that different temperaments, time and suffering may bring on … Continue reading 13. Does love wear out with time?
Physical relationship is a privileged aspect of love. We are all aware of its importance. First of all, because sexual attraction seems to be engraved in us. It is part of God’s plan to bless the union of man and woman (Genesis 1:2). Secondly, it is a very special part of the relationship in which … Continue reading 12. Living together and sexual relations before marriage?
It’s a dream and a worry at the same time …Is the person I met really made for me? Does the one that I am dreaming of really exist and if so, how will I know? These questions are nearly inevitable: the more we get to know the other, the more we discover his or … Continue reading 11. Is there one person out there made just for me?
When we see two people who are deeply in love with each other, we often think to ourselves that it makes sense because they have so much in common with one another; either they share the same interests, or else they go to school together, etc. In other words, we think we can explain love … Continue reading 10. Why him? Why her?
It is important to differentiate between friendship and feelings of love. Obviously, friendship may exist between two boys or two girls. A true friend is a precious gift. We speak of homosexuality when there is a feeling of love accompanied by sexual desire between two persons of the same sex. Our aim here is not … Continue reading 8. Two people of the same sex love each other. Is it legitimate?
It is a wonderful experience to be attracted to someone. The mere sight of him or her makes us feel, all at once, tenderness of heart and a strong physical attraction. The pleasure we discover in just being close to the other makes us want to live things all the more intensely and to go … Continue reading 6. Going out with someone. Where are the limits?