An estimated 5,000 gather for March for Marriage in Washington

Details:  Rita Alderete is single, but she values the idea of marriage being a relationship between one man and one woman. That’s why the young, diminutive pastor of the Kingdom Tabernacle of Worship church in Paterson, New Jersey, stood under overcast skies in hot, humid weather Thursday, preparing to “March for Marriage,” a now-annual rally [Read More...]

“Operation I Do” offers free Catholic weddings

Details:  A 47-percent decline in Catholic marriages in the Archdiocese of San Francisco has prompted the priests and parishioners of St. Thomas More Church to launch “Project Operation I Do,” a Catholic Wedding ceremony including a modest reception for their guests, absolutely free of charge. This year’s free wedding is scheduled for August 16. “Operation [Read More...]

Quoting Pope Francis, Nancy Pelosi urges archbishop not to speak at March for Marriage

Details:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the lead this week in a high-profile lobbying effort to pressure San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the controversial March for Marriage event, which she characterized as “venom masquerading as virtue.” Pelosi, who is one of the country’s most powerful Catholic politicians, made a passionate appeal to the archbishop in a [Read More...]

Cleveland ends fees for annulments—UPDATED

I don’t know if this is a first for the United States, but it’s exceptional:  In a gesture that reaches out to divorced and remarried Catholics, the Cleveland Catholic Diocese announced on Wednesday that it will stop charging fees for marriage annulments. Bishop Richard Lennon said he made the decision to “encourage greater participation in the life [Read More...]

Growing trend: divorce parties

This takes the cake, from AP:  Divorce, it seems, has turned into a party — special cakes and all. Event planners, bakers, lawyers and academics note the rise of “divorce parties” over the last several years, many with cakes featuring weapon-wielding brides or gloomy black frosting on inverted tiers. “I’ve taken to naming them freedom [Read More...]

I’m sure there are tasteful ways to incorporate a newborn baby into a wedding. This isn’t one of them.

In a sling sewn into a wedding gown, being dragged down the aisle by the bride (who is, of course, also the mother). Kathy Schiffer has the scoop.   [Read more...]

Report: Pope phoned divorced and remarried woman to say she can receive communion—UPDATED

Details:  Pope Francis has phoned a divorced and remarried Catholic woman in Argentina to tell her that she could “safely receive Communion”,according to an extraordinary report in La Stampa. The woman’s husband, writing on Facebook, claims that the Pope – introducing himself as “Father Bergoglio” – spoke to his wife, who’d been divorced before marrying [Read More...]

Ohio couple married 70 years die just hours apart

From The New York Daily News:  They held hands at breakfast, even after 70 years of marriage. And when Helen Felumlee left this life at the age of 92, her beloved husband followed in her footsteps less than a day later. “We knew that when one went, the other was going to go,” daughter Linda Cody [Read More...]

Bishop: Pope Francis says married men could be ordained priests, if bishops want it

From The Tablet in London:  A bishop who met with Pope Francis in a rare private audience on 4 April has said in an interview that the two men discussed the issue of the ordination of “proven” married men – viri probati – in a serious and positive way. Bishop Erwin Kräutler, Bishop of Xingu in the [Read More...]

Bishop issues pastoral letter on contraception: “We live in a world short on love”

Details from The Journal Star newspaper: Twenty-three years ago, Lincoln Catholic Diocese Bishop Glennon Flavin issued a letter to parishioners and physicians, decrying birth control as evil and immoral. He warned Catholic couples using contraception and the Catholic physicians prescribing it they were “committing grave sin.” On Tuesday, Bishop James Conley issued his own letter [Read More...]