Meaning of Marriage

What makes Catholic marriage unique?

What Makes Catholic Marriage Unique?

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With the launch of their new book, Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage, Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak presented a webinar titled, “‘Marketing’ Catholic Marriage in a Post-marriage World.” In the webinar, the presenters share the unique characteristics of Catholic marriage particularly related to the vows couples make during their Catholic weddings. What makes Catholic marriage unique? Find out in this webinar! “Marketing” Catholic Marriage in a Post-marriage World You can watch a recording of the webinar here: Everyone uses the word “marriage” but it seems to mean a million different things to a million different people. Today it seems that many couples don’t believe marriage means anything anymore. In this marriage-hostile environment, how can the Church effectively promote what makes Catholic marriage both different and more desirable than any other kind of relationship out there? In this provocative and…

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Catholic Annulment

Catholic Annulment: Frequently Asked Questions

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Fully grasping the Church’s teaching about marriage is complicated business. Understanding Catholic annulments can be even more so. Add to this rich, but complex teaching, the pain of divorce and often continuing timidity about entering a second marriage and many Catholics simply opt out of Church weddings the second time around. Here we offer sixteen frequently asked questions about Catholic annulments and brief responses by pastor and canon law expert Fr. Kevin E. McKenna  to help take away some of the mystery. 1. What is an annulment? An annulment, formally called “a declaration of nullity,” is an official declaration by the Roman Catholic Church that a marriage did not meet the requirements for validity. Validity means that the desired outcome (in this case, marriage) has actually taken place as recognized by the Church. Although to all outward appearances, a wedding was properly celebrated (the vows were recited before the priest…

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Total Gift of Self

Sexual Intimacy: Becoming A Total Gift of Self

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Engaged couples give themselves to one another in countless ways. Sharing a schedule, prioritizing meals and other leisure time together, merging finances and developing a budget, planning the wedding, and preparing a new home are all ways in which an engaged couples give themselves to one another. When they could each be spending time with friends, they instead commit their time to their shared future. This is becoming a total gift of self is a great practice for the married life. Self-giving Love: A Total Gift of Self Sex is another one of those actions by which a husband and wife give themselves to one another completely. Sex differs from all other acts of love because God has created it to be a sharing of one’s entire self—body, mind, and spirit. As such, intercourse expresses not simply the love spouses have for one another, but also the sacramental union into which…

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Webinar: Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality

Free Webinar: Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality and Gay Marriage

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On Tuesday September 25, 2012, Ave Maria Press is hosting a webinar titled, “Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality: New Paths to Understanding,” presented by Rev. Louis J. Cameli. Fr. Cameli is the author of the new book also titled Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality: New Paths to Understanding, which explores many topics related to the sexuality of homosexually-inclined persons, including issues of gay marriage, sexual morality, gay and Catholic identity, and vocations to the priesthood. In this webinar, intended for parish leaders and ministers, Fr. Cameli will give an overview and history of the Catholic Church’s teaching about homosexuality, including teachings about gay marriage. To sign up for this free webinar, you may register online with Go To Webinar. Here is the full description: Rev. Louis J. Cameli, nationally renowned pastoral leader and priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will explore the cultural, ecclesial, and pastoral context within which he wrote his…

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Author Paula Huston

“Matrimony” by Paula Huston

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We are happy to welcome Paula Huston as a guest writer for Together for Life Online. Paula is the author of the popular Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit (2011) as well as The Holy Way (2003) and many other books. In 2000 she co-edited Signatures of Grace: Catholic Writers on the Sacraments, to which she also contributed a deeply personal reflection on marriage, divorce, annulment, and grace. We are happy to share “Matrimony” as well as Paula’s brief note below, which can serve as both a foreword and afterword to her original essay.   Click to download: “Matrimony” by Paula Huston   “Matrimony” was written in 1998, during a time when I was pretty sure I’d be spending the rest of my life as a solo Catholic. Though I ended the piece on a hopeful note—Julian of Norwich’s “Every kind of thing will be well”—still, I…

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Marriage: Unique for Reason

New USCCB Marriage Website Launched to Defend Marriage

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During the 2011 November meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a new marriage website was launched to define and defend the sanctity of marriage. This new USCCB website is called Marriage: Unique for a Reason. About Marriage: Unique for a Reason According to the About Page of the site, “Marriage: Unique for a Reason offers resources to assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman.” In Bishop Cordileone’s welcome message (November 14, 2011), he explains the USCCB’s reasoning behind the development of the website. The bishops have a sincere focus on the promotion and defense of marriage as the union between one man and one woman. According to Bishop Cordileone, the “website is designed as a home of resources on what the Catholic Church teaches…

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