On October 18th of this year, Pope Francis canonized Louis and Zélie Martin, the first married couple to be jointly elevated to sainthood. While they are best known as the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Louis and Zélie lived such simple, humble, and holy lives that the Church has recognized that they, like their daughter, are outstanding examples of heroic virtue.
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.
In a 5-4 decision released at the close of its term, the U.S. Supreme Court required all 50 states to recognize gay marriage – upending historic states’ rights to regulate marriage and stripping millions of Americans who voted to retain traditional marriage of their right to decide.
“All Americans deserve respect for their human dignity,” said Bishop Jaime Soto from Sacramento.” The Catholic Church has stalwartly stood by that fundamental belief while also recognizing marriage as the unique relationship between a man and a woman.
Bishop Jaime Soto – Diocese of Sacramento
All Americans deserve respect for their human dignity. The Catholic Church has stalwartly stood by that fundamental belief while also recognizing marriage as the unique relationship between a man and a woman.
“When families bring children into the world, train them in faith and sound values, and teach them to contribute to society, they become a blessing in our world,” Pope Francis has said.
Throughout our history, our nation has stood by the fundamental right of parents to raise their children according to their own beliefs – a right upheld by numerous U.S. Supreme Court cases.
On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether, under the Constitution, states must grant same-sex marriage licenses and recognize gay marriages legally performed in another state.
This case has serious implications for religious freedom and conscience rights.
One of the topics addressed at the October 2014 Synod of Bishops on, “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” was the need for a new way of communicating Church teaching about marriage in contemporary society, using positive, elevating language that invites.
As the synod’s final report stated this need will not be solved by merely presenting a set of rules.
“Marriage,” the report emphasized, “is not a ‘yoke,’ but a ‘school of humanity’ (Guadium et Spes, 52), a model where God’s deeper purpose for our lives is revealed.”
Less than half, or 46 percent, of U.S. children younger than 18 are living in a home with two married parents in their first marriage, according to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of government data – a sharp decline from 73 percent in 1960.
The Catholic Church has been a ceaseless champion for the institution of marriage, but now new studies are finding that marriage has powerful benefits apart from faith-based beliefs.
“Sociologists are telling us: ‘You want to get people out of poverty? You need a mom and a dad and an intact family,’” Cardinal Timothy Dolan said after the Synod of Bishops on “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization” held in Rome last October.
Marriage is in decline in America, but recent studies have highlighted the latest trends that will help religious and civic institutions find new paths to strengthen marriage, the pillar of 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.
His address to the marchers emphasized the need to both speak the truth about marriage and to do so with love and patience. Read Building a Civilization of Truth and Love, the Archbishop's address from the March for Marriage.