Posts Tagged ‘Marriage’

Marriage is mission Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018
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When you’ve been married as long as my husband and I have, to speculate on what it would be like to be a single person is almost too fantastical. Or worse, when we imagine divorce or death, we horrify each other with the prospect of going on a first date with someone else. We dated Read more

Saying ‘I do’ with a ‘noodle of love’: Pastafarians tie the knot in Wellington Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

A gay toy sheep wearing a colander was perched on the celebrant’s head, and the guests were dressed as pirates. When Pastafarians marry as they did at Worser Bay in Wellington on Sunday – sealing the deal with the “noodle of love” – things are a little different. Continue reading Related Posts:St Pat’s Silverstream win Read more

Priests have no credibility in marriage preparation Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Priests are not the best people to train others for marriage, according to the head of the Vatican’s office for the family. “They have no credibility; they have never lived the experience; they may know moral theology, dogmatic theology in theory, but to go from there to putting it into practice every day … they Read more

Catholic “yes” voters to abortion shouldn’t marry in church Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Catholic “yes” voters in Ireland’s Eighth Amendment abortion referendum should not be allowed to marry in a Catholic Church, say two priests from Northern Ireland. In a letter to the Belfast Telegraph, Father Patrick McCafferty said yes voters should “get married in City Hall.” It is “dishonest to have a wedding in a church if Read more

Forced marriage bill extended to civil unions and de facto relationships Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Teenagers wanting to have a civil union or de facto relationship will soon require approval from a judge. Parliament is considering a bill in the name of National MP Joanne Hayes which is designed to protect 16 and 17 year-olds from forced marriage in New Zealand. Continue reading Related Posts:Pope’s nod to civil unions isn’t…Mass Read more

Marriage and divorce statistics fall Comments 0

Monday, May 7th, 2018
Marriage and divorce rates both fall in New Zealand

The number of people marrying in New Zealand is falling, says Statistics New Zealand. It says in 1992 the marriage rate was 18.3 couples per 1000 people eligible to marry. That includes those who formed a civil union from 2005. This rate dropped to 10.9 couples in 2017. Statistics New Zealand says the highest number Read more

Marriage has become a trophy Comments 0

Monday, April 9th, 2018
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The decline of marriage is upon us. Or, at least, that’s what the zeitgeist would have us believe. In 2010, when Time magazine and the Pew Research Center famously asked Americans whether they thought marriage was becoming obsolete, 39 percent said yes. That was up from 28 percent when Time asked the question in 1978. Read more

Francis’ paradigm shift: mercy migrants marriage Comments 0

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
mercy migrants marriage

Whenever Pope Francis visits prisons, during his whirlwind trips to the world’s peripheries or at a nearby jailhouse in Rome, he always tells inmates that he, too, could have ended up behind bars: “Why you and not me?” he asks. That humble empathy and the ease with which he walks in others’ shoes have won Read more

The Story Behind Pope Francis’s Airborne Marriage Blessing Comments 0

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Pope Francis’s convalidation of the marriage of two flight attendants while in Flight in Chile has stirred up quite a bit of controversy for Catholics. But with confusing headlines about a seemingly spontaneous aeroplane wedding, what are the real facts about the pair of air stewards who met Pope Francis during his trip? Continue reading Read more

Conscience not the same as personal preferences – Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017
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“Too many people confuse a rightly-formed conscience with personal preferences dominated by selfishness” Pope Francis said in a video message to an Italian meeting on ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ his exhortation on the family. “Conscience,” he said, “always has God’s desire for the human person as its ultimate reference point. “The contemporary world risks confusing the primacy Read more