SCOTUS asks if Marriage is a “Right”; Is it Something More?

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I'm down with an illness that has rocked me with some high fevers, so posting hasn't happened, and won't for another day or so, but my radio is on and I'm hearing reports that Justices Kennedy and Breyer are asking questions that suggest they're wondering whether marriage ought to be considered a "right".That reminded me of my own wonderings on that question, which I shared at First Things in 2012: Is Marriage a "Right" or an "Office"? I think it comes down to offices, and the equality to be … [Read more...]

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NY Times Writes in Favor of Complementarity

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Via last Sunday's edition: Ballet is built on moments of trust and connection like this one. Partnering is an essential part of telling a story, creating an emotional undertone and suggesting the deeper implications of the relation between two people, traditionally a man and a woman. The man’s assistance allows the woman to create an impression of freedom and amplitude, as her range of motion expands. In her book “Balanchine Technique,” the former New York City Ballet dancer Suki Schorer. . . wr … [Read more...]

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Addresses Humanum Conference – UPDATED

The Humanum conference has ended, and I am very interested in reading more about it, particularly based on this tweet by Austen Ivereigh:Can't help feeling this is something tectonic: the creation of an ecological narrative about marriage. This could fly. #Humanum— Austen Ivereigh (@austeni) November 19, 2014Here is an excellent -- thoughtful and wonderfully accessible -- talk by Rabbi Sacks. It is full of truth. Watch the whole thing, because it ends with a … [Read more...]

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Culture Wars: It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt

From the mind of Deacon Greg, whose comments are always closed.

So, yesterday was a most interesting day. Having worked until the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, I decided to sleep in a bit and then do an hour on my bike before getting down to serious work. As I biked, I checked email and learned that there was a twitterconflagration in effect, concerning this piece at First Things.As our culture wars progress, we're apparently supposed to stake out purist territory, declare "Here I stand, I can do no other" and then battle relentlessly; since we're … [Read more...]

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Is a Hopeful Day Dawning for Some Divorced Catholics?

That's the question I am asking over at the Guardian, today. Recalling the long ago wedding of friends who chose Mark 10:2-9 for the Gospel reading of their Nuptial Mass, I write:Even in Jesus’ day, divorce was a theological challenge.For the bride and groom the reading was a pledge of determination; one of them was still reeling from the recent divorce of parents married for over 20 years, and the subsequent remarriage of the mother.The divorce created anxiety before the wedding: w … [Read more...]

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Divorce-Remarriage: Francis May Walk Us Thru Door B16 Cracked Open – UPDATED

Pretty recently I wondered whether ideas to reform our annulment process would be seen by people as "amnesty" or necessary mercy:An attempt to streamline the annulment process is not an idea that will please everyone. Those who. . .have jumped through the hoops and endured the long and difficult bureaucratic processes may justifiably wonder about fairness. They may feel like the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son, and they will need to be reminded–with great love–that “ev … [Read more...]

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When We Truly Love, We Model God to Each Other – UPDATED

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A while back, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Mother Dolores Hart, OSB about her book, and she talked of breaking off her engagement in order to enter the Abbey:He was furious. Oh, He was so upset. But he said a very unexpected thing which was, ‘you know all love relationships don’t end at the altar, and I will be faithful to you in this.’ Well, I thought that was a head-trip too. I didn’t see how in the world he could do that, but in effect, fifty years later, Don did stay with m … [Read more...]

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Annulments: Myths and Reality

We've talked a few times about the very real healing that can come through annulments but over at OSV Mary DeTurris Poust and Dennis Poust have together written a particularly good piece on the myths (and there are a lot of myths out there) and realities of this process, which is very much a mischaracterized and misunderstood part of the ministry of the church. The Pousts write from the perspective of a couple who has gone through this process together, and that brings a voice of true … [Read more...]

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