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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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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.”

November 29, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Marriage Prep

The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, in accord with the prescriptions of Canon 1067 and with due regard for Canon 1068, hereby decrees that the following norms shall be observed in preparation of a couple for marriage:

  1. The couple should receive appropriate education and pastoral preparation through participation in a marriage preparation program approved by the diocesan bishop;

  2. Parties should be questioned as to their freedom to marry;

  3. Baptized Catholics should present a recently issued annotated baptismal certificate;

November 22, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Family Life

On February 21, 2012 the 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.

Marriage and Family Life, Marriage Prep

Some (Arch)dioceses have links on their website directly to marriage preparation guidelines and some offer various guidelines through their family life ministries or catechetical offices.