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...]

Shock: number of married couples hits record low

Details, from the Washington Post: The proportion of adults who are married has plunged to record lows as more people decide to live together now and wed later, reflecting decades of evolving attitudes about the role of marriage in society. Just 51 percent of all adults who are 18 and older are married, placing them on [Read More...]

A Catholic wedding performed without a net

Remember the good old days before Vatican II, when people took sacraments seriously and priests treated the liturgy with reverence? Behold, a Catholic wedding in France from 60 years ago.   [Read more...]

“What does an old, celibate, Catholic bishop have to say about marriage?”

If anyone was wondering about that when they attended a recent talk by Bishop R. Walker Nickless in Sioux City, they may have gotten some surprising answers: He provided several examples of his experiences dealing with marriage. “I am one of 10 children. I watched my parents grow in their married love for 57 years,” [Read More...]

Marriage is a marathon

And this couple decided to get married during one. They tied the knot while running the New York City Marathon last weekend. Really. Mary and Raymond Donaldson said “I do” while puffing their way through the 22nd mile. Somehow, I don’t think they went through Pre-Cana… [Read more...]

Married priest: "A celibate priest can give so much more"

That comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were — from a former Anglican in the UK who is now a Catholic priest. From the BBC: A married Roman Catholic priest from Burnley has said he believes the church is correct to prefer single celibate clergy in their parishes. Father Paul Blackburn is the [Read More...]

More parents living together instead of getting married

And that’s becoming even more common than divorce, according to this new report: The number of Americans with children who live together without marrying has increased twelvefold since 1970, according to a report released Tuesday. The report states that children now are more likely to have unmarried parents than divorced ones. The report was published [Read More...]


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