Category Archives: Marriage and Family

Marriage and Family

Jesus elevated marriage to a sacrament. A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give sanctifying grace. Therefore, in holy matrimony, husband and wife receive the grace appropriate to that state in life. Primarily this grace will help them in sanctifying each other and the children God sends them. It will give them strength to keep the bond of matrimony in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, in riches or poverty, in good times and bad, until death parts them.

In a good marriage the spouses must be open to life, which means that they should bring forth the fruit of children, and do nothing to frustrate conception. Herein lies another great grace that ordinarily comes with matrimony, namely that God will send a couple as many children as they can properly raise, if they cooperate with Him. It takes a strong act of Faith to firmly believe this in this materialistic age, in which economics trumps trust in the Creator.

Pope John Paul II often referred to the family as a “domestic church.” This is but another way of interpreting what Saint Paul meant when he was inspired to write these tremendous words to the Ephesians: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it” (5:25).

There is only one perfect family, the Holy Family of Nazareth. Meditating on the peace, charity, and industriousness, that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph exemplified in their domestic life will help the families of poor sinners who are trying against all odds to counter the evil influences of a godless society. When the hearth has been chilled by selfishness and technological idols, this sad state will by necessity be reflected in a cold and ruthless civic disorder.

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Good Article on Obligation to Fight SCOTUS Unlawful Attack on Marriage

The Seton Magazine article is excellent especially the following call for supernatural hope at the end: Parents, in discharging the difficult task of educating their children to become good and faithful Catholics in the midst of an increasing adverse society, should have the firm confidence that the Lord will grant them all the graces necessary to discharge their tasks. The grace of the Lord and the … More →

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German ‘Radio Vatikan’ Undermines Moral Magisterium with Graphic Homoeroticism

On July 2, Radio Vatikan, the German branch of the official Vatican radio station, published a highly troubling article which summed up the claims of the theologian and president of the European Association of Catholic Theology, Father Martin Lintner, OSM, of Brixen, Italy. Father Lintner claims that the Church’s attitude toward homosexuality is changing and softening. As the title of the article of Radio Vatikan says: … More →


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Obergefell v. Hodges: A Moment of Grace

At the end of a short posting on our site, “Rod Dreher on Obergefell and Living as Exiles,” I said about that horrible SCOTUS ruling: “this is a moment of grace for us.” The promise was made to develop that thought, which I now set out to do. Some background is in order. By and large, American Catholicism has a long history of cowardice and … More →


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Resisting Big Government’s Marriage Overreach

Father Mark Pilon thinks that the Government — the States — should get out of the marriage business now that the State has rejected any compelling interest in maintaining an institution that SCOTUS has redefined into oblivion. Instead, religious bodies should do the marrying of the couple, who will then register it with the state for tax purposes. Non-religious persons can simply draw up a civil contract, with … More →


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Steve Wood’s Warning on Degenerate Proselytism in the Wake of Obergefell

A friend just sent me a newsletter he gets from Steve Wood. It concerns Obergefell v. Hodges and the terrible prospects that wicked bit of judicial activism holds out for our youth. My correspondent is of the opinion that Mr. Wood is one of the few conservative Catholic writers saying correctly that the homosexual movement is a very real threat to our children and grandchildren, who are all potential targets of recruitment because … More →


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‘The Family Under Attack': a Much Needed Guide for the Synod on the Family

Loreto Publications has just published an important and very timely book. The Family Under Attack, written under a pseudonym by a traditional Catholic priest with broad and deep scholarly learning, comes right in time for the second part of the Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family, which will take place in October 2015 in Rome. Don Pietro Leone — the author’s nom de … More →

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Glimpses Behind Closed Doors: Marco Tosatti on Cardinal Kasper’s Self-Correction

While observers of the discussion concerning the Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family are still wondering what it was that has recently caused Cardinal Walter Kasper suddenly (but stammeringly) to deny that which he had claimed a year or so ago – namely, that Pope Francis personally supports his “Kasper proposal” – the well-informed Vatican journalist Marco Tosatti now has his own explanation. On … More →

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Sister Lucy to Cardinal: Final Confrontation between the Lord and Satan will be over Family and Marriage.

Rorate Caeli has published a translated excerpt from an interview with Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, the Archbishop of Bologna. The interview took place on Feburary 16, 2008, but has recently stirred up more interest in light of the Synod on the Family. I had earlier seen the same thing excerpted on Facebook. Q. There is a prophecy by Sister Lucia dos Santos, of Fatima, which concerns “the final … More →

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The High Cost of Undermining Fatherhood

This is a very important Vortex. Michael Voris encapsulates into a very short video many of the points I’ve tried to make on this site, in such postings as Montfortian Masculinity, The Hearts of the Fathers, Turning the Hearts of the Fathers, Devirilization of the Church, The Love of Masculinity, and, most recently, To the Men. If masculinity and fatherhood are not recovered in Church … More →


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Cardinal Kasper Defends Ireland’s Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Vote

Our friend Maike Hickson, writing for Life Site News, reveals the depth of Cardinal Kasper’s departure from Catholic teaching on marriage. In the name of a false concept of freedom, the former ecumenism chief says that the Irish government has a “duty” to recognize the “rights” of those who contravene the Natural Law and Divine Revelation. An extreme revolutionary whose thinking was well represented in … More →


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Dr. Maike Hickson’s Interview With Cardinal Brandmüller

LifeSiteNews: Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has been among the leading voices critical of proposals stemming from the Vatican’s Synod on the Family that risk subverting Catholic teaching on the sacraments and morality. He was one of five cardinals who contributed to the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which focused on criticizing Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to open up Communion to those in irregular sexual … More →

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Cardinal Koch Dares to Play the ‘Nazi’ Card (and Well)

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has given an interview where he dares to use the ‘N’ word against German liberals. Yes, he compared their progressivist complicity to the zeitgeist to that of certain accommodating Christians to the German National Socialists, the Nazis. We learn from LifeSiteNews.com: An influential Swiss cardinal at the Vatican has warned Germany’s bishops that … More →


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VICTORY: Knights of Columbus drop out of “pro-gay” Boston St. Patrick’s Parade after massive outrage from traditional Catholics

(MassResistance) Today we saw the triumph of resolute religious believers over the homosexual lobby. All this week the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus (K of C), a prominent Catholic mens’ organization, repeatedly vowed that they would “absolutely, definitely” march in the newly “gay-inclusive” Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. But the group finally bowed to the intense pressure from traditional Catholics. At 3:32 pm on Friday afternoon … More →


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Filial Appeal to Pope Francis on the Future of the Family

Let Pope Francis know you would like him to reaffirm categorically the Catholic teaching that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion and that homosexual unions are contrary to Divine and natural law. Please join us in supporting the urgent Filial Appeal to Pope Francis by completing the petition at this site. Your petition form will be delivered to him in the Vatican along with thousands … More →


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Statement of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy on Marriage

This statement is from the British Province of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (h/t: Rorate Caeli): Marriage in the teaching of the Catholic Church Marriage was instituted by God, not invented by man (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.1603). The Creator has built it into human nature, even into the human body, in its two complementary forms, male and female. ‘Male and female He … More →


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