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Marriage and Family Life

We support and defend the institution of marriage as the basic foundation of society. We advocate for tax, workplace, welfare and divorce policies that enhance family unity. We support the fundamental rights of parents, and advocate for children’s well-being.

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January 12, 2015 Marriage and Family Life, Marriage Prep

Excerpt from Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage from the Pontifical Council for the Family (1996)

The starting point for an itinerary of marriage preparation is the awareness that the marriage covenant was taken up and raised to a sacrament of the New Covenant by the Lord Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. The sacrament joins the spouses to the self-giving love of Christ the Bridegroom for the Church, his Bride (cf. Ephesians 5: 25-32) by making them the image of, and sharers in this love.

June 20, 2014 Marriage and Family Life

"Before you judge us, get to know us." Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has issued this strong response to an open letter from political leaders regarding the March for Marriage in Washington D.C. 

November 22, 2012 Marriage and Family Life, Family Life

On February 21, 2012 the ProtectMarriage.com coalition, the official proponents of Proposition 8, petitioned the entire Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the smaller panel’s February 7 decision in which they ruled 2-1 that California’s state amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman was federally unconstitutional.

February 22, 2012 Catholic Household Blessings, Marriage and Family Life

On February 21, 2012 the ProtectMarriage.com coalition, the official proponents of Proposition 8, petitioned the entire Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the smaller panel’s February 7 decision in which they ruled 2-1 that California’s state amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman was federally unconstitutional.

February 7, 2012 Marriage and Family Life, Resources and Surveys

"A committed, permanent, faithful relationship of husband wife is the root of a family. It strengthens all the members, provides best for the needs of children, and causes the church of the home to be an effective sign of Christ in the world" (U.S. Catholic Bishops, Follow the Way of Love: A Pastoral Message to Families

January 10, 2012 Marriage and Family Life, Family Life

Due to the convergence of two initiatives whose sponsors are seeking their placement on California’s November 2012 ballot, we Catholic bishops have been presented a unique teaching moment on life and family.

As Catholics, we believe and teach that we bear the image of God.  We come to life as the result of humanity’s collaboration in God’s creative work. Ordinarily, each child is the result of the loving union of a man and woman who have formed a family.The family then cradles the newborn, raises up the child and guides the young person’s development to adulthood.  As citizens, we believe that government serves best when it supports families in their irreplaceable task of nurturing the next generation.

January 10, 2012 Catholic Household Blessings, Marriage and Family Life

Measures Will Require Parental Notification and End the Use of the Death Penalty

Due to the convergence of two initiatives whose sponsors are seeking their placement on California’s November 2012 ballot, we Catholic bishops have been presented a unique teaching moment on life and family.

November 29, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Resources and Surveys

The USCCB has provided a Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series (updated December 1, 2009), which lists hundreds of texts approved for parish and school catechesis.

November 29, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Resources and Surveys

In April 2007, the Committee on Marriage and Family Life of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) commissioned a survey of U.S. adult Catholics on their awareness and understanding of Catholic teaching on marriage, their attitude about marriage, and their personal experience in marriage preparation, the sacrament of marriage and daily married life.

“The research reflects that many U.S. Catholics see marriage in the Catholic Church as having a lasting effect on their relationships and faith.”

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