Posts Tagged ‘Marriage’

Three conditions for a valid Catholic marriage

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

A leading canon lawyer explains how a valid marriage in the Catholic Church’s tradition must meet three requirements. Rev Prof Michael Mullaney, President at Ireland’s national seminary, St Patrick’s College Maynooth and a leading Canon Lawyer said the couple party to such a marriage “must-have capacity (ie the requisite freedom and knowledge to give such Read more

I called off my wedding but the Internet never forgets

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
Internet never forgets

I still have a photograph of the breakfast I made the morning I ended an eight-year relationship and cancelled a wedding. It was an unremarkable breakfast—a fried egg—but it is now digitally fossilized in a floral dish we moved with us when we left New York and headed west. I don’t know why I took Read more

Ministry to families must meet their real needs, pope says

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

If people are providing a ministry to families, they must make sure they actually know what the families need, Pope Francis says. The Catholic Church cannot claim to safeguard marriage and family life if it simply repeats its traditional teaching without supporting, encouraging and caring for real families. This is especially when families are struggling Read more

Marriage & divorce amid pandemic: Couples’ challenges abound

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
marriage

For many U.S. couples yearning to be married, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on their wedding plans while bolstering their teamwork and resilience. For couples already married, it has posed a host of new tests, bringing some closer, pulling others apart. Spending more time together — a common result of lockdowns, furloughs and layoffs — Read more

What getting married in a pandemic taught these newlyweds

Monday, June 8th, 2020
newlyweds

Michael and Kelsey Petrany can hardly believe that two months ago they were worried about centrepieces. The restrictions of the pandemic made so many of their initial wedding plans impossible, including the presence of their parents, guests, and a reception. The couple decided they wanted to go through with it anyways. And they are glad Read more

Stay quarantined, stay married, keep your friends

Monday, March 30th, 2020
quarantined and married

The policy of social distancing means that the newly homebound are seeing less of coworkers than they did just weeks ago. They’re seeing fewer friends too. But they might be seeing a lot more of their family, or their roommates. And that isn’t easy. For some, especially those who live alone, social distancing can bring Read more

Bishops under pressure for allowing divorced and remarried Communion

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Two Italian bishops have gone public about allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments. They say their decisions are in line with Pope Francis’s 2016 document on the family, Amoris Laetitia. One of the bishops, Renato Marangoni, wrote a formal apology for having “ignored” these couples in parish life. He said he wants Read more

7 secrets of happy couples

Monday, May 20th, 2019
happy couples

What are the distinguishing characteristics of a person who is happy in his or her relationship? Is there a checklist of key points to help you know if you’re making the right decision about whom to marry? The Pemberton index, which appeared about 10 years ago, is a guide for analyzing a person’s happiness. It’s Read more

Marriage rate used to be 45.5 per 1000, now it’s 10.8

Monday, May 13th, 2019
marriage rate

The marriage rate for New Zealand residents fell last year to its lowest since the peak in 1971. While the number of marriages and civil unions among residents has been steady at around 21,000 per annum for the last 20 years, a rising population means that the number per capita has been on a steady Read more

New normal: Out of wedlock births have stabilised

Thursday, November 1st, 2018
births

While having a baby without being married was uncommon and stigmatized several decades ago, it’s becoming the norm in many European countries — and even the U.S., according to a report released today by the United Nations Population Fund. Why it matters If having babies without being married becomes increasingly common, it could help stabilize Read more