“I Am Not Getting Married in the Church. But I Want My Religion In Our Ceremony…”

This happens three or four times a year: someone I don’t know drops me an e-mail asking if I can perform a Catholic wedding in some place other than a church. Outdoors, maybe, or a catering hall. The presumption seems to be that if a priest can’t do it, maybe a deacon will. So it [Read More...]

British Study: Nearly All Unmarried Couples With Children Break Up

Details: A study by the Marriage Foundation calculates that cohabiting couples who have children are more than twice as likely to split up as those who had tied the knot beforehand. But of those who do not then go on to get married after having children, only a handful will still be together by the [Read More...]

Must-see video: what is love?

Take three minutes out of your day and be moved beyond words. This beautiful video looks at two people who are living the answer to that question—”What is love?”— every moment of their lives. God bless ‘em. [Read more...]

New dating site set up to promote abstinence

From HuffPo, which picks up the story from Essence Magazine: If you haven’t noticed by now, waiting is in again. More and more couples are choosing to put sex on hold in favor of finding love and a worthy life partner first. (And, we couldn’t be more proud.) Many of our readers have spoken out [Read More...]

Gay Episcopal bishop slams Detroit archbishop over communion remarks

From the Detroit Free Press:  Retired Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, who was the first openly gay man to become a U.S. bishop in the Episcopal Church, has written a Washington Post opinion piece denouncing Detroit Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron for saying Catholics who support gay unions or marriage should not receive communion. Robinson, who recently [Read More...]

Future of Catholic weddings in Britain may be in doubt

Details:  Prof Christopher McCrudden said that there are serious questions over whether the 120-year-old legal basis on which 8,500 Catholic weddings a year are performed can even “survive” the passage of the bill currently before Parliament. He told MPs and peers that, unless urgent changes are made, Catholic bishops may have to reconsider whether priests [Read More...]

Catholic support for gay marriage growing

That, according to a new poll. From Politico: Among Catholics, 54 percent back same-sex marriage, while 38 percent oppose it, the Quinnipiac University poll found. That’s a jump from December, when Catholic support for same-sex marriage was 49 percent to 43 percent. “Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage,” said Peter A. Brown, [Read More...]

A married priest writes about the “c word”: celibacy

Take it away, Fr. Dwight:  I can speak from experience. I was a celibate Anglican priest for seven years. Then I got married. I was a married Anglican priest for three years. Then we joined the Catholic church. I was in the married state as a layman for ten years. Now I am a married [Read More...]

In praise of deacon wives

Rhode Island Catholic, while spotlighting the first ordination of deacons in Providence in a decade, also is giving some well-deserved attention to the deacons’ wives:  Diana Davis, a syndicated columnist and author of Deacon Wives: Fresh Ideas to Encourage Your Husband and the Church, shares the importance for women to receive support from other deacon [Read More...]

Homily for February 10, 2013: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] For the last 24 hours or so, besides being buried in snow, we were buried in news about the snow. Weathermen were breathlessly tracking the storm. Among the things they liked to talk about were OTHER storms—blizzards that had blitzed New York in the last century. One of them was the [Read More...]