Posts Tagged ‘Marriage’

Things the Book of Proverbs taught me about marriage Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

I’ve only been married for four months, so I have a lot to learn about the sacrament. I’ve read countless blogs, listened to podcasts, watched videos and picked through my library’s section on marriage advice. I’ve dug into the Bible to see what God’s word has to say about striving towards sainthood as a married Read more

Married At First Sight NZ will trivialise marriage, church says Comments 0

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

A spokeswoman for the Catholic bishop of Auckland said Christian marriage was “a sacred covenant”. Married At First Sight trivialised marriage for ratings and did not give the couples their best chance at success, she said. Married At First Sight pairs couples “at the altar” as they embark on an experiment to see if they can Read more

Proposed Marriage Amendment aimed at preventing forced underage marriages Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Underage couples would need court approval to marry under a private members’ bill that aims to crack down on forced marriages. National List MP Jo Hayes said she believes forced marriages between teenagers are “slowly creeping into New Zealand society” and that the problem exists primarily in Pacific and Asian communities, where parents can pressure Read more

Traditionalist SSPX sacraments approved Comments 0

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Pope Francis has set the scene for the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) to have the marriages it celebrates validated. This is one of a number of  the Pope’s initiatives that aim to bring SSPX into full communion with the Church. A letter from the Vatican to Catholic bishops said they will be allowed Read more

The awesome family stats of Bill English Comments 0

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

With thirty years of marriage, six kids, and a record of pro-life and pro-family voting behind him, New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, Bill English, has a pretty good record for a politician in a very secularised Western country. Of course, he hasn’t done it all on his own. His wife, Mary, who is also a Read more

Pahiatua couple’s life-long service to Marriage Encounter Comments 0

Monday, February 27th, 2017
marriage encounter

Since the late 1970s David and Bronwyn Lea have been active in the Marriage Encounter movement. They became co-ordinators for the Pacific in 1995. And then came the call to lead the global programme. Between 2005 and 2010 they travelled the world encouraging individual countries to promote and develop Marriage Encounter. And during that time Read more

NZ’s first Marriage day a success Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
marriage day

This year, for the first time, World Marriage Day was celebrated in New Zealand at a Wellington Event organised by the Centre for Marriage and Family (CMF). The Family Fun Day Out at Aotea Lagoon included games and spot prizes, a walk around the lagoon, cakes, live music and a sausage sizzle. Many young couples Read more

The end of Catholic marriage Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2016

I haven’t written in this space for some time, but now that the election is over some additional interventions seem necessary to capture what’s happening in Roman Catholicism’s remarkable period of controversy. My Sunday column talked a bit about the way in which varying interpretations of “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on the family, have Read more

Why marriage still matters Comments 0

Friday, November 11th, 2016

‘How’s married life?” People ask it in a slightly mocking tone, as if it’s rather quaint to think that married life should be any different from unmarried life. One year in, however, I’ve been surprised to find that it is different – in a good way. This idea is increasingly out of fashion. Nearly half Read more

Pope Francis: 13 tips for a good marriage Comments 0

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

In his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis used St. Paul’s “hymn to love,” taken from his First Letter to the Corinthians, to offer several pieces of advice on how to keep one’s marriage strong throughout the years, based on true love. “Love is patient, love is kind. love is not jealous or boastful; it Read more