Marriage, Family & Pro-Life

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A little bit country: Pope looks at the nitty gritty of family life

Children spend time with their grandmother in 2012 on the front porch of their home in Hillsdale, Mo. Pope Francis' postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), was released April 8.  CNS photo | Sid Hastings

A little bit country: Pope looks at the nitty gritty of family lifeCindy Wooden Catholic News Service Vatican City — Pope Francis’ hymn to love and family life is more like a country song than a Disney tune. In “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the family, there is…

Marriage is forever: Pope’s reform requires proof union was invalid

Newly-weds Kate Stahl (R) and Count Anton Andreas von Faber-Castell (L) kiss after their church wedding outside of Faber-Castell Palace in Stein near Nuremberg, Germany.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ reformed rules for marriage annulment cases, making the process simpler, quicker and less expensive, respond to calls that bishops from around the world have been making since before the 1980 Synod of Bishops on the family convoked by St. John Paul II. Catholic marriage tribunals do not dissolve marriages, but…

Hundreds protest at Planned Parenthood clinics across Metro Detroit


DETROIT — Nearly 500 people showed up Saturday morning to protest outside a Planned Parenthood clinic off Van Dyke Avenue in Warren, part of a series of rallies nationwide designed to call attention to the abortion provider’s atrocities and call for pro-life policies. The Warren rally was one of four held in the Detroit area…

‘We must recommit ourselves to end’ death penalty, say USCCB chairmen

Protesters against the death penalty gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 29. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Catholic faith tradition “offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake,” two bishops said in a statement renewing the U.S. Catholic Church’s push to end the death penalty. “No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself…

Analyzing marriage ruling’s implications will take time, Church officials say

An opponent of same-sex marriage protests outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)

WASHINGTON — Analyzing the ramifications of the June 26 same-sex marriage ruling for the Catholic Church at the national, state and local levels will take time, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. It has implications for “hundreds, if not thousands” of laws at all levels, and there is “a difficult road ahead for people…