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    The Catholic Church’s stand on marriage, divorce, and contraceptives can seem out of step with the modern world—even to Catholics. Those who want to see reforms, such as making the process for obtaining an annulment easier, have been encouraged by recent statements of Pope Francis. But unhappy Catholics are still leaving the Church, and bishops will have to decide at a meeting in Rome next month on the family in the Church and in the contemporary world what to try to do about it. More

    September 25, 2015 | Comments

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    The Roman Catholic Church’s understanding of the permanent nature of marriage “is really meant to be a countercultural position,” says Professor Susan Ross of Loyola University Chicago’s theology department. “The Church’s challenge is to find a way to hold marriage as this sacred bond, while recognizing the very human situation in which it falls apart.” More

    September 25, 2015 | Comments

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    “The American post-Enlightenment contractual idea of marriage—that is, marriage is what we decide it is—is an incredibly powerful idea that haunts the minds of American Catholics…The under-65 crowd is much more into contractual understandings of marriage than covenantal understandings of … More

    September 25, 2015 | Comments

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    “You can only be tough so much,” admits Buffalo Bills icon Jim Kelly. Together he and his wife Jill and their daughters have confronted the death of a terminally ill son and Jim’s struggles with cancer. But “those things we go through that cause us to be tested, or to doubt, or to fear—those things make us stronger in our faith,” says Jill Kelly. More

    March 27, 2015 | Comments

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    In a country where the expectation to marry is high, is a shortage of females fueling the trafficking of young women to fill the need for brides? More

    August 16, 2013 | Comments

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    “Priests generally do not talk about it. And most dioceses in the United States have no services, or very limited services, for victims of domestic violence,” says Father Charles Dahm, who is leading a campaign in Chicago to change that. More

    August 2, 2013 | Comments

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    The best-selling poet “helped present an appealing mystical idea of the wisdom of the East. He was someone who helped humanize and popularize Eastern thought,” says literary critic Liesl Schillinger. More

    July 12, 2013 | Comments

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    The preference for male children in India dates back centuries, driven by religious custom, and the widespread abortion of female fetuses has led to an increasing gender gap. Will a rising and urbanizing middle class change this? More

    April 5, 2013 | Comments

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    Young Mormons are pursuing their educations and careers “not with the purpose of delaying marriage, but with the idea that we want to have a full life that includes all of those things,” says Beverli Jo DeWalt. More

    August 17, 2012 | Comments

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    It is a painful rite of passage for girls in many African and Middle Eastern countries, but in Senegal there has been a remarkably successful campaign to change people’s attitudes towards female circumcision in an effort to eliminate the practice altogether. More

    June 8, 2012 | Comments

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