Minnesota Catholic leaders disappointed in vote over marriage amendment

Details: Minnesota Catholic leaders issued statements on Wednesday expressing deep disappointment over the defeat of the proposed marriage amendment. The Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of Catholic bishops in Minnesota, said that despite the setback, “our efforts to promote and defend the cornerstone social institution of marriage will continue.”… …Minnesota Catholic bishops have been [Read More...]

Brave new world: making babies to make ends meet

From the New York Times comes this sad saga of young women effectively selling their wombs to support themselves: I’ve seen neighbors come and go, and I hope C stays forever. She was married at 16 years old, and she had two daughters before her husband was murdered. She married again, had three more children, [Read More...]

Married clergy and abstaining from sex: “The Church has not changed her expectation”

Canon lawyer Ed Peters has weighed in on the topic again.  He makes clear that — despite indications to the contrary – canon law on the subject is unchaged: My position is, of course, that Western law and tradition expect, beyond any question, the observance of perfect and perpetual continence among all clerics, and that [Read More...]

NFL’s Man of the Year, Matt Birk of the Ravens, speaks out against gay marriage

The story, from the Baltimore Sun: Ravens center Matt Birk is expected to film a video this week opposing Maryland’s new same-sex marriage law, making him the second player on the team to take a public stand on the referendum. Birk, a Roman Catholic and father of six, is pressing a view opposite that of [Read More...]

Archbishop Myers: Catholics who dissent from teaching on marriage should not receive communion — UPDATED

He made the assertion as part of a major pastoral letter released yesterday. From The Record newspaper: In a sweeping pastoral statement to be made public today, the leader of more than 1 million North Jersey Catholics urges them to vote “in defense of marriage and life,” and warns that the passage of same-sex marriage [Read More...]

A groom writes about “waiting ’till the wedding night”

Author Steven Crowder (shown here with his bride) writes about it all here, but saves a zinger for what happened the morning after Our wedding was perfect. Our wedding night was nothing short of amazing. I write this on a plane heading into a tropical paradise with the most beautiful woman to have walked the [Read More...]

Three’s company in Brazil, with civil union between three people

From the BBC:  A notary in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has sparked controversy by accepting a civil union between three people. Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues has said the man and two women should be entitled to family rights. She says there is nothing in law to prevent such an arrangement. But [Read More...]

When is a “Catholic” wedding not really Catholic?

When it is performed by this fellow, “Chaplain Bill,” who operates a service he calls “Progressive Catholics & Interfaith Weddings.”   Someone alerted me to his operation after reading this post, about a Catholic priest who assisted at a wedding involving two men. So what, exactly, is the “Progressive Catholics” wedding service?  In a nutshell, it [Read More...]

“Pregnant man” files for divorce

Well, now, this is different:  The “pregnant man” may soon be a male single mother. Thomas Beatie, a transgender man who bore three children, is filing for divorce from his wife Nancy, WPTV reported. But a judge is questioning whether their marriage was legally valid in the first place. Beatie is hoping it is, even though [Read More...]

“Marriage is a mess and homosexuals didn’t do it”

That’s the eye-catching headline of the latest blog post by one of Patheos’ newest writers, Rebecca Hamilton.  She’ll be hanging her hat over at a new blog called “Public Catholic,” devoting her time and attention to politics.  She knows whereof she speaks: Rebecca is in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and is (brace yourselves) a [Read More...]


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