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Marriage and Family

The public significance of marriage

It is easy to understand the private and intimate nature of marriage between a husband and wife.  Reality TV aside, most of us can clearly draw the line between our public and private lives. It is more difficult to describe the public significance of marriage.  What do we really know
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Bishops, legislators, Knights of Columbus gather in Harrisburg

“Long before there was a Left Wing and a Right Wing, there was the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Carl A. Anderson, best selling author and Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.  Anderson’s keynote speech before a crowd of fellow Knights, state officials, the Cat
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Mass for those who serve in public office

In their June 2004 statement, Catholics in Political Life, the Catholic Bishops of the United States reinforced the idea that, “Catholics who bring their moral convictions into public life do not threaten democracy or pluralism but enrich them and the nation.”  They insist
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Day of Dialogue on Justification

As part of the Pennsylvania Conference on Interchurch Cooperation (PCIC), the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) invites you to a special event sponsored by the Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic Coordinating Committee. The Day of Dialogue on the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of
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Putting ‘Caritas in Veritate’ into practice

Caritas in Veritate, Charity in Truth, is the recent encyclical from Pope Benedict XVI. It addresses the global economic crisis by discussing the moral aspects of economics, poverty, human rights and environmental responsibility.An encyclical is a letter from the Pope that serves as a
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Living Together Without Commitment Harms Marriage

A recent study entitled, The Pre-Engagement Cohabitation Effect, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, affirms previous findings that married couples who live together before making a commitment to one another demonstrate lower marital satisfaction and greater potential for d
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PA Bishops’ Message to College Students

As students prepare to begin college classes next month, it is an opportune time to revisit the Pennsylvania bishops’ letter to Catholic students, Your Catholic Faith on Campus. In the letter, the bishops encourage students to “use this opportunity not simply for specializ
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Marriage Laws a Priority for US Bishops

During a recent meeting in San Antonio, TX, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops received an update from its Ad Hoc Committee on Defense of Marriage from its chairman, Loiusville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz (formerly of the Diocese of Allentown).
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Wrong way for marriage audio clip

With the status of marriage in America today, some wonder if we are going the wrong way when proposing a constitutional amendment to protect and maintain marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Amy Hill, Director of Communications for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, disc
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