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...]

What went wrong?

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: "It is precisely the hard truths of our faith, those which the culture ignores and even despises, that have the greatest power to move people to conversion and be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ"

I recently received a letter from a young Catholic husband and father in which he observed: “Peers of mine who are converts or reverts have specifically cited teachings like ‘Humanae Vitae,’ ‘Familiaris Consortio,’ and ‘Veritatis Splendor’ as beacons that set the church apart from the world and other faiths.” What he suggests might seem counterintuitive, but it is borne out by … [Read more...]

Only half of US children are being raised by their married parents

Study: "Students with stably-married parents are more likely to do well in school and less likely to cut classes, repeat grades, be suspended or expelled, or drop out”

One in two: that is the current number of children in the U.S. who are being raised by both their married biological parents throughout their childhood. “This figure is based on the proportion of 17-and-18-year-old high school students who were reported to be living with both their married birth mothers and biological fathers in 2016,” noted a report issued by the Institute … [Read more...]

Documentary explores the disappearance of dating

“The Dating Project" seeks to find out why young prefer hook-ups to traditional way of getting to know partners

It was about 10 or so years ago when Kerry Cronin, a professor at Boston College, noticed something was up with the way her young students were dating – or, rather, not dating. It was the end of the year and she was talking to a group of bright, charismatic students who were full of plans for their future. Cronin asked her students if graduation meant some difficult … [Read more...]

Annulment express

Streamlined annulment process should allow bishop’s decision after one hearing, pope says

In a November 25 address to participants in a course on annulment procedures, sponsored by the Roman Rota, Pope Francis said that the new streamlined procedure for annulments in special cases should “typically be concluded in one session.” The Pope stressed that these cases can only be decided by a diocesan bishop. “The streamlined process is not an option that the diocesan … [Read more...]

Sex in accord with reason

What the Aka and Ngandu people of the tropical forests of central Africa can teach us

An article published in 2012 in The Atlantic described the sexual practices of the Aka and Ngandu people who live in the tropical forests of central Africa. Researchers Barry and Bonnie Hewlett, anthropologists from Washington State University, found that married Aka and Ngandu men and women consistently reported having sex multiple times in a single night. They also discovered … [Read more...]

San Francisco Plans Marriage Chain- April 30

Signs provided - see below

  The following was sent via email to Cal Catholic last week from this website.   Modeled after the national life-chain movement, a San Francisco marriage leader, Ted Kirk, has organized the first educational Marriage Truth Chain in the nation for Sunday, April 30. "Many people are discouraged because of the Supreme Court decision. I hear about marriage … [Read more...]

Evidence mounts on the importance of marriage and biological parents

Marriage more stable than cohabitation, children born to single mothers benefit more by having their biological father join them, single-parent families face greater risk of income inequality

Evidence keeps accumulating about the importance of marriage, and the importance of being raised by your biological parents. This should matter to us if we want to live in a society that is truly pro-child and is not in reality organised around the wishes of adults first and foremost. Three articles have just been published that further point to the importance of marriage and … [Read more...]

Pope Francis offers more concessions to SSPX

A letter published by the Vatican on April 4 paves way for recognition of SSPX marriages

Continuing initiatives aimed at a reconciliation with the Priestly Society of St Pius X (SSPX), Pope Francis has made it possible for bishops to ensure the validity of marriages celebrated in the traditionalist communities. A letter published by the Vatican on April 4 said the Pope will allow Catholic bishops to appoint priests to assist at SSPX marriages and formally receive … [Read more...]

Retrouvaille saving marriages in Oakland diocese

Couple whose marriage was saved by the program offering retreats in late February and in September

The following comes from a February 8 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich: In 1989, Jeff and Donna Heusler's marriage was at a crossroads. "My wife and I had separated," Jeff Heusler said. "We were separated for a year and a half." There was the strain of living separately; it was time for a decision: divorce or getting back together? A sister at St. Felicitas … [Read more...]