Forget the priest, deacon or rabbi: my friend will do the wedding

That seems to be the way things are going, with online ministry services providing more and more instant wedding officiants. From the New York Times: For generations, getting married meant solemnly standing before an authority figure charged with upholding the rules of civil society or religious traditions. But when Amity Kitchen wed Matthew Saucedo in [Read More...]

In the e-mail: “I was raised Catholic, but have fallen out of the faith…” — UPDATED

A reader posted this as a comment but I thought I’d put it here for wider discussion: Hi, I stumbled onto this sight [sic] because I have a question. This isn’t terribly related to the topic at hand, but it looks like people here may have some insight. I was raised Catholic, but, as someone [Read More...]

Shock: most births in women under 30 now happen outside marriage

This statistic should raise a few eyebrows: It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage. Once largely limited to poor [Read More...]

Marrying at 100: love is forever young

This should do your heart good: Turning 100 is a significant milestone on its own, but Dana Jackson decided to also tie the knot on her one hundredth birthday. Jackson and Bill Strauss, 87 got married in the cafeteria of the Rosewood Health Care Center on February 6th. [Read more...]

Meet Maggie Gallagher

Salon has a long profile of the woman who is one of the most vocal proponents of traditional marriage, and how she got to be where she is today: In September 1978, Yale freshmen would not have voted Maggie Gallagher the member of the Class of 1982 most likely to get pregnant before graduation. Gallagher [Read More...]

Why do Catholics have to get married in church?

That’s the gist of this piece by writer Cara McDonough, who raises a question that’s increasingly common these days.  I get several calls a year from people who ask if I can do a wedding for them in a catering hall or on a beach.  (Usually, it’s after a priest has turned them down; deacons, [Read More...]

New York Times: “I caution the clerical wife to be on guard…” — UPDATED

On the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, an assistant professor of medieval European history, Sara Ritchey, has some words of advice: By the time of the First Lateran Council, the priest’s wife had become a symbol of wantonness and defilement. The reason was that during this period the nature of the host consecrated [Read More...]

Tying the knot at 91

You might consider this sweet story the flipside to that Italian divorce saga. Details: A couple at a retirement home got married Wednesday — both at age 91 — a reminder that it’s never too late to start a new phase of life. Margaret McSpadden and retired Air Force Col. William Thomas, both residents at [Read More...]

Divorce, Italian style: couple splits after 77 years

Would counseling have helped? Better pre-Cana? Details: The Italian man, identified by lawyers in the case only as Antonio C, was rifling through an old chest of drawers when he made the discovery a few days before Christmas. Notwithstanding the time that had elapsed since the betrayal, he was so upset that he immediately confronted [Read More...]

More divorces spell out religious practice in custody agreements

And it can create quite a few complications. From the Washington Post: A cultural shift in thinking about parenting and gender roles has led to a surge in divorced couples agreeing to more detailed shared custody arrangements that increasingly spell out how they will practice and talk about their religious faith. Agreements of the past [Read More...]


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