What does the Bible teach about marriage?


The Instrumentum Laboris, which is intended to guide the deliberations of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, begins with a discussion of the ‘biblical teaching on the family.’ In that context, and in the light of the radical proposals being made by influential figures such as Cardinal Kasper, with …

Parents are the primary educators of their children


The Church has consistently taught that parents are the first and foremost educators of their children. They have the right and duty, given by God, to educate their children in such a way as to best ensure their healthy physical, psychological, intellectual and spiritual development. They have a …

Archbishop Fisichella promotes false understanding of conscience once again

By John Smeaton (originally posted on his blog)

Once again, Archbishop Salvatore ‘Rino’ Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, employs a false understanding of conscience to justify a position which is contrary to Catholic teaching.

I have written previously about the archbishop’s article in …

Response to Bishop Vesco: a failed marriage is still indissoluble; reconciliation for those in second unions

Msgr. Jean-Paul Vesco, Bishop of Oran in Algeria, in a text published by the weekly magazine La Vie (English translation)has said:

“I firmly believe that it is theologically possible to assert the indissolubility of real conjugal love and the uniqueness of sacramental marriage, and at the same time

Synod testimony on welcoming gay couples is ‘damaging’, says pro-family coalition


ROME, 7 October 2014: A testimony given to the Synod about welcoming homosexual couples has been called ‘damaging’ by a concerned international coalition of pro-family groups.

Voice of the Family http://voiceofthefamily.info made the comments following the testimony given yesterday by Ron and Mavis Pirola, one of the married couples …

Catechesis, not confusion, needed to reclaim families for Church, says Cardinal Burke


Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (the Church’s highest judicial authority, has given a wide-ranging and particularly hard-hitting interview to Vatican Radio. Every part of the interview is valuable, so it is hard to choose the most important quotations. Here is our best selection:

“One of the