First same-sex religious “commitment” ceremony performed by Army chaplain

Details from CNN: A same-sex ceremony between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman on a U.S. Army post last month drew protests from lawmakers Thursday. The “private religious ceremony” took place at Fort Polk in Louisiana in May, post spokesman Scott Stearns said, but he would confirm few other details. Rep. John Fleming, a [Read More...]

Biden’s daughter married in Catholic-Jewish service

Details: Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley married a Pennsylvania doctor at a ceremony in Delaware, the vice president’s office announced late Saturday. A news release from Biden’s office says 30-year-old Ashley Blazer Biden was married Saturday to Dr. Howard David Krein in Wilmington. She is a social worker for the Delaware Department of Services [Read More...]

The secret to a long marriage: matching outfits

This is either a) adorable, b) bizarre or c) inspired. Take your pick. I’m surprised they don’t bring this up in Pre-Cana. [Read more...]

Turn off the computer and go to bed

Because it turns out that social networking is increasingly breaking up marriages: More than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word Facebook, according to a U.K. survey by Divorce Online, a  legal services firm. And over 80% of U.S. divorce attorneys say they’ve seen a rise in the number of cases using [Read More...]

Timeless advice on marriage from Ronald Reagan

This is too good to pass up:  from the fascinating website Letters of Note comes this heartfelt letter from Ronald Reagan to his son Michael just before his wedding in 1971.  How many fathers could write something like this to their sons?   DGK +++ Michael Reagan Manhattan Beach, California June 1971 Dear Mike: Enclosed [Read More...]

Called to “the Office” of Marriage

Elizabeth Scalia — briefly picking up her pen while still on hiatus from her cell — has an utterly different take on marriage that is well worth pondering: If all proclaiming Christ are accepted to baptism, one might wonder, then why not all to marriage? I think it comes down to offices, and the equality [Read More...]

Some pro-life activists might disagree

“Mr. Obama finally stopped temporizing and ‘evolving’ his position on same-sex marriage and took the moral high ground on what may be the great civil rights struggle of our time.” – New York Times editorial this morning. The “great civil rights struggle” of our time?  Really? [Read more...]

Australian church says women are “too choosy,” should wed earlier

Some provocative insight on the state of marriage from the church in Australia: Women should marry earlier and not be too picky to avoid an Aussie man drought, the Catholic Church has warned. Australia is experiencing a huge decline in the number of available men, with the church telling women they should also forget about [Read More...]

“Loose canon”: Vatican may tighten rules on annulments

From John Allen: A Rome conference in late April hinted that the Vatican may be moving towards a more restrictive posture on annulments, the procedure in church law for declaring a marriage null and void, which some critics refer to as “Catholic divorce.” If so, the fallout could have special significance for the United States, [Read More...]

The downside of cohabitation before marriage

A clinical psychologist writes in the New York Times: At 32, one of my clients (I’ll call her Jennifer) had a lavish wine-country wedding. By then, Jennifer and her boyfriend had lived together for more than four years. The event was attended by the couple’s friends, families and two dogs. When Jennifer started therapy with [Read More...]


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