Cohabitation on the rise in U.S.

Fifteen percent of people in the 25-to-34 age group shared quarters with an unmarried partner this year, up from 12 percent in 2008

Living together is become more popular than marriage for young American couples, according to Census Bureau data. Fifteen percent of people in the 25-to-34 age group shared quarters with an unmarried partner this year, up from 12 percent in 2008. Among those between 18 to 24, cohabitation is more prevalent today than marriage with 9 percent living with an unmarried partner … [Read more...]

Two California bishops nominated to lead USCCB committees

Bishop Michael Barber nominated to head Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone nominated as chairman for Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth

When the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop convenes next week, much of the attention with focus on how the bishops will address the recent clerical abuse scandals. But the bishops will also be electing new leadership for six of the conference committees. The USCCB will gather in Baltimore for its general assembly Nov. 12-14. On the ballot will be candidates for the … [Read more...]

Study: Millennials staying married at a higher rate

“The good news is: the divorce rate is falling, particularly among millennials. The bad news is less people are getting married, especially poorer people."

A recent study from the University of Maryland has shown that members of the generation born in and after the mid 1980s are divorcing at a lower rate than older cohorts. Philip Cohen, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, released an analysis Sept. 15 which drew on census data to show that the divorce rate in the United States had dropped by 18 percent between … [Read more...]

Abortion and Congress – what will local Catholics and Evangelicals do?

49th District hangs in balance between pro-life Harkey and pro-abortion Levin

The following comes from an August 9 press release Planned Parenthood Action Fund today endorsed Mike Levin for Congress in California’s 49th District. “Voters face a stark choice in California’s 49th District this November. On one side, you have Diane Harkey, an unyielding opponent of a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. …., Mike Levin is a stalwart champion of … [Read more...]

More than 10,000 sign petition to stop Fr. James Martin from speaking at World Meeting of Families

Letter accompanying petition: "We believe that sowing error and confusion should have no place at the World Meeting of Families;" sponsors of event say they plan to make no changes to speaker lineup

Over 10,000 people have signed a petition to withdraw an invitation to Fr James Martin from the World Meeting Of Families. The petition, started by the Irish branch of Tradition, Family, Property, opposes Fr Martin’s attendance on the grounds that he “supports trangenderism for children,” and “favours homosexuals kissing during the mass.” Included with the petition is a … [Read more...]

Orange diocese chancellor speaks out on McCarrick scandal

Pia de Solenni: "The Church has been uncomfortably silent on matters of sexuality, family, and marriage because some in her leadership do not live these teachings themselves"

The following is by Pia de Solenni, SThD, the Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange and Theological Advisor to the Bishop. Back in October, when Harvey Weinstein’s exploits [crimes] became public, those of us who have been supportive of the Catholic Church’s teachings on human sexuality were quick to think of the prophetic nature of Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae when he foretold … [Read more...]

U.S. bishops favor family-leave bill

Measure introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida would allow new parents to draw two months of Social Security benefits while they care for new child

The U.S. bishops’ conference praised legislative efforts to secure family leave policies, after a Senate bill was introduced that would allow new parents to draw two months of Social Security benefits while they care for their new child. The bill, titled the “Economic Security for New Parents Act,” was introduced to the Senate on Thursday by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Dominic … [Read more...]

Annulment Prep Day

In San Bernardino diocese, Office of Canonical Services visits parishes to meet with people interested in filling out a petition for a declaration of nullity of marriage "to give a face to Pope Francis’ exhortation"

In his first Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis encourages the institutional Church to go out to the peripheries to encounter people and to bring them back into the fold of the Church. In his Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of Love” Pope Francis devotes a large section to caring for the divorced and remarried, people who often see themselves on the … [Read more...]

U.S. House committee seeks protection for religious adoption agencies

Amendment to spending bill would allow adoption agencies receiving taxpayer money to refuse to place children with same-sex couples

The House Appropriations Committee moved to protect the conscience rights and religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies on Wednesday. The committee adopted an amendment to an upcoming funding bill that would preserve federal funding for agencies who do not want to place children with same-sex couples. The amendment was introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL). In a … [Read more...]

Cardinal: priests have no credibility to prepare couples for marriage

Cardinal Kevin Farrell is prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

The Vatican official leading the Church’s office for laity, family, and life has said that priests do not have the credibility or experience to prepare couples for marriage. The official made similar remarks to Catholic leaders in September 2017. During an interview with the Irish Catholic magazine Intercom, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, … [Read more...]