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State lacks authority to redefine marriage, says bishop

Jun 7, 2013 - 05:06 pm .- Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., explained that marriage is rooted in nature and exists prior to the state, which has the authority to recognize, but not redefine, the fundamental social institution.

Advocate says fight to defend marriage in Illinois continues

Jun 5, 2013 - 12:02 am .- An Illinois Catholic leader says that the state's failure to advance a “gay marriage” bill is a significant victory for grassroots activism, but more action is needed to ensure it never passes.

Columnist examines pitfalls of arguing against 'gay marriage'

May 30, 2013 - 11:19 am .- In a new column on Catholic Womanhood, writer Jennifer Uebbing explains that a common problem in arguing against a redefinition of marriage is implicitly accepting the idea that such as redefinition is possible.

Minn. redefines marriage despite religious freedom warnings

May 14, 2013 - 05:04 pm .- The state of Minnesota has redefined marriage to include same-sex couples despite concerns over social wellbeing and religious liberty raised by Catholics and other faith leaders. 

Law must be based in truth, archbishop tells judges

Apr 26, 2013 - 12:04 am .- Discussing the push for same-sex “marriage,” Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami told judges and lawyers at the city's 2013 Red Mass that freedom and law must be based on reality and objective truth.

Colombian Senate rejects 'gay marriage'

Apr 25, 2013 - 12:02 pm .- By a vote of 51-17, the Colombian Senate has rejected a bill that would legalize same-sex “marriage” in the country.

Nearly 15,000 French mayors will refuse to marry gay couples

Apr 19, 2013 - 04:12 pm .- A group of at least 14,900 French mayors has said it will not perform “gay marriages,” even if the government moves ahead with plans to legalize the practice.

Bishop laments 'gay marriage' approval in New Zealand

Apr 18, 2013 - 04:15 pm .- Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, president of the Bishops’ Conference of New Zealand, has expressed profound sadness over the authorization of ‘gay marriage’ by the country’s Parliament on April 17.

Thousands flood DC to stand up for marriage

Mar 27, 2013 - 06:04 pm .- Citing concerns for the well-being of children and respect for the democratic process, participants in the national March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., stressed the importance of marriage for society.

Chief Justice refutes claim that gay lobby is politically powerless

Mar 27, 2013 - 03:11 pm .- Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts suggested that the gay community is so politically powerful that it does not need special protections, citing the rapid change in public opinion over same-sex marriage.

Speakers at marriage rally highlight needs of children, families

Mar 27, 2013 - 04:03 am .- Speakers at the national March for Marriage told the crowds gathered in Washington, D.C., that marriage is fundamentally about preserving an institutional link between parents for the sake of their children.

Obama officials, Republican group advocate 'gay marriage'

Feb 28, 2013 - 12:08 am .- Both President Barack Obama’s administration and a group of Republican officials have filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court calling for marriage to be redefined to include same-sex partners.

Over 100,000 march to defend marriage in Puerto Rico

Feb 21, 2013 - 04:10 pm .- More than 100,000 people gathered outside the Puerto Rican capitol in San Juan on Feb. 18 to support the defense of marriage and family against proposed legislation on gay unions.

Vatican official thinks Philadelphia meeting will be key for families

Feb 4, 2013 - 02:10 pm .- The head of the Vatican council for the family believes that the 2015 gathering in Philadelphia will be an important moment for the U.S. and the world as it considers the role and meaning of the family in society.

Pope examines society's acceptance of unstable relationships

Jan 28, 2013 - 03:36 pm .- As he spoke to the Church’s highest court, which often deals with issues related to marriage, Pope Benedict highlighted the growing acceptance of instability in relationships.

Chicago bishops: 'gay marriage' will have consequences for Illinois

Jan 3, 2013 - 04:10 am .- Cardinal Francis George and the six auxiliary bishops of Chicago have warned that a proposal to recognize “gay marriage” in Illinois is against the common good and will force Illinoisans to “pretend to accept something that is contrary to the common sense of the human race.”

Family advocates pleased Supreme Court will hear marriage cases

Dec 7, 2012 - 04:13 pm .- Supporters of marriage and family welcomed the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will review both state and federal cases about the definition of marriage in the coming months.

Author says society's marriage discussion must remember children

Nov 20, 2012 - 04:17 am .- Catholics seeking to build up a strong culture of marriage must focus on promoting a healthy understanding of it rather than simply fighting against attacks, according to the author of a new book on discussing marriage.

Pope urges French Catholics to make voices heard on marriage

Nov 19, 2012 - 01:55 pm .- As France’s Socialist government pushes to legalize “gay marriage,” Catholics must continue to strongly and consistently bear witness to the teachings of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Church cannot live with contraception mandate, bishops say

Nov 12, 2012 - 03:54 pm .- In the aftermath of the Nov. 6 elections, the U.S. bishops stressed that they will push ahead with defending religious liberty from the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, which cannot be lived with as it stands.

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