Sacrament of Marriage

German bishops publicize ‘blessing of departure’ for couples getting divorced

An article on the bishops' website describes worship services with rituals that include passing around a baking pan with frozen water and ripping a curtain at the church door. By Martin Bürger, LifeSite News, March 4, 2020Several priests in Germany are offering “a kind of blessing” for... read more

Our March 13, 2020 Catholic Citizens of Illinois Forum Luncheon Speaker John Paul De Gance: “RESTORING THE DOMESTIC CHURCH: HOW TO REBUILD FAILING MARRIAGES, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES.”

[Mr. J. P. De Gance will be the featured speaker at the March 13, 2020, Catholic Citizens Monthly Forum Luncheon. Reserve your seat HERE. Our luncheons commence at 11:45 a.m., at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL. Please note that the Union League Club requires business... read more

Making the case for marriage

By Brian Fraga, Our Sunday Visitor, February 7, 2020 Statistics tell a troubling story about the state of marriage as an institution. Various social surveys indicate that anywhere from 25% to slightly more than 40% of all marriages end in divorce within the first five years. Scarred by the... read more

The other ‘marriage story’: divorce is at a 40-year low

And more kids are being raised in intact families By Carolyn Moynihan | Jan 6 2020 | The rise of divorce and the decline of marriage following the sexual revolution have destabilised the family life of two generations and have been the source of much unhappiness both for children and... read more

Courage, Love, and Sacrifice in the Fight for Marriage Reality

By Robert P. George, Public Discourse, January 5, 2020 Every time we fail to muster the courage to do what’s right, what God is calling us to do, there is behind that failure a still deeper failure: a failure of love. Author’s note: On January 1, 2020, Ryan T. Anderson and I published a... read more

United Methodist Church Leaders Agree in Principle to Split Over Gay Rights

If approved, deal would allow same-sex marriage and give opponents opportunity to form a new denomination By Ian Lovett, Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2020 Leaders of the United Methodist Church have agreed in principle on a deal that will divide the denomination, potentially ending years... read more

Nutcracker Not-So-Sweet

By Daniel Gurnsey, Crisis Magazine, January 1, 2020 During a recent eighth-grade trip to Chicago, chaperones and students of Notre Dame Academy in Toledo walked out of a performance of The Nutcracker after learning that lead characters would be portrayed in a gay marriage. This was a courageous... read more

In new interview Cardinal Marx speaks on same-sex blessings

Catholic News Agency, December 24, 2019 Cardinal Reinhard Marx has expressed the view that homosexual couples can receive a Church blessing “in the sense of a pastoral accompaniment” in the Catholic Church, but not in a manner that resembles marriage. In an interview with the German... read more

We’re #1! The USA Now Leads the World in Rate of Single Mothers

We’re #1! The USA Now Leads the World in Rate of Single Mothers By Dean Garrison, DC Clothesline, December 16, 2019 Pew research recently compiled some data on single-parent homes, worldwide. As I’ve already given away in the title, America is first and it’s not even that... read more

Michigan diocese supports priest accused of LGBT Eucharist ‘discrimination’

by JD Flynn, Catholic News Aency, November 27, 2019 A Michigan diocese said it supports a priest who told a parishioner that because of her same-sex civil marriage she should not receive the Eucharist. “Inclusion and acceptance have been a hallmark of Catholic Churches in the Diocese of... read more

Cardinal Sarah: ‘Contraceptive mentality’ led to LGBT takeover of children’s schools

By Martin M. Barillas and Pete Baklinski MADRID, November 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah strongly criticized LGBT ideology that he said is overrunning governments and education centers while tracing the ideology to the root of the widespread acceptance of... read more