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…]

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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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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…]

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Sometimes, marriage is like that

You never know when you’re gonna get hit by an unexpected storm.  Sand, or otherwise. If this isn’t a metaphor for commitment (and perseverance!), I don’t know what is.  Every engaged couple should watch this video of a marriage ceremony in Arizona interrupted by a little wind.  And sand. Lesson: yes, it’s worth it to [Read More…]

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"The miraculous healing power of lips to scars…"

If anyone wonders what it means to be married and in love after decades together, Pat Gohn has this heart-stopping and beautiful answer: Like many survivors of breast cancer, I have some serious battle scars. My un-bandaged body after breast cancer certainly made for some interesting pillow talk between my husband and myself. Going into [Read More…]

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Census shows divorce rate higher in the south

Why is that?  Some details: While the Bible Belt is known for its devotion to traditional values, Southerners don’t do so well on one key family value: They are more likely to get divorced than people living in the Northeast. Southern men and women had higher rates of divorce in 2009 than their counterparts in [Read More…]

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Sacred transformation: another wedding story

You might consider this the flip side of the story I posted yesterday, courtesy Fr. Dwight Longenecker.  He approached a wedding ceremony the same way I approach baptisms, by first reminding those present of what is really about to occur and underscoring the solemnity of the occasion. The results, I think, speak for themselves: As [Read More…]

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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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Irish bishop: children of divorce are "born losers"

He made that statement during an interview with a local newspaper yesterday: Many children from broken homes are born “losers” and so deprived of love that they grow up to be dysfunctional adults, according to a Catholic bishop. Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones said that during his 17 years working in social services in Sligo [Read More…]

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What's the biggest threat to marriage?

You’re looking at it. Internet use — and misuse — is straining marriages more than ever in at least one country, according to a new report: The Catholic Church’s  marriage counselling service says the misuse of the internet is the fastest-growing cause of marital difficulty in Ireland. ACCORD’s annual report for 2010 showed that while [Read More…]

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