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Understanding marriage


RECENTLY I’ve been studying up on the history of marriage – in part because of the same-sex marriage debate but also because of the Synod later this year. One thing is clear – the profile of marriage has been anything but consistent through history. Marriage has been many things down the centuries; and this warns against a static, classicist view ... Read More »

Second look at First Sight

By Byron and Francine Pirola WE’VE watched the third and fourth episode of Marriage at First Sight. For those unfamiliar with the series, it’s a reality television program where participants agree to live as husband and wife for one month with a person matched to them by science. Each of the four couples meet for the first time at their ... Read More »

Helping marriages grow

Spiritual team: Madonna and Luke McLindon, pictured with their children Edward and Clare, believe retreat getaways have improved the spiritual life in their marriage.

By Emilie Ng BOOKING a couples’ retreat is Luke and Madonna McLindon’s secret to a peaceful and faithful marriage. The Brisbane Catholic parents to seven children said retreat getaways were “like fertiliser” to the spiritual life in their marriage. “All living things need sustenance, and if marriage were likened to a plant, it’s one thing to keep a plant alive, ... Read More »

Companies warned against marriage redefinition push

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By Paul Dobbyn COMPANIES funding advertisements in support of same-sex marriage have been challenged to also fund a newspaper advertisement supporting the equal right of a child to a mother and father. Australian Marriage Forum president, Toowoomba general practitioner Dr David van Gend, made the call in his Letter to CEOs and Directors: On your support for same-sex marriage. The letter ... Read More »

Marriage at first sigh?

By Byron and Francine Pirola THAT’S one very big, long sigh, as in, “Here we go again in unreality TV”. Today we took the plunge and sat through the first two episodes of Marriage at First Sight (Channel 9). For those who are unfamiliar with this new reality-doco-drama, the show follows four couples who have been matched using science and ... Read More »

Children a blessing, not a burden, Pope says

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CHILDREN are a blessing, not a burden, and are a sign of the confident hope of a couple and of society, Pope Francis said. “If a family that has been generous in having children is looked upon as a burden, something’s wrong,” he said yesterday (February 11) at his weekly general audience. “The generation of children must be responsible,” as ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop | January 28, 2015

The Catholic Loop – Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 28, 2015  Catholics worldwide unite to remember the 70th anniversary since the Auschwitz concentration camp liberation.  Catholics in Australia embrace Pope Francis’ “global call” to mark February 8, also the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, as a day dedicated to prayer and action against human trafficking.  Protestants ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop | January 20, 2015

The Catholic Loop – Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 20, 2015 Pope Francis reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on contraception and marriage in interviews, speeches and Homilies from his visit to the Philippines. Thousands marched through Los Angeles to speak up about the dignity of human life, including Hollywood actor and director Eduardo Verastegui. Iraq’s prelate has ... Read More »

Synod survey now available for Brisbane Catholics

Mother with children using laptop in kitchen

BRISBANE Catholics can help guide discussions at the second session of the Synod on the Family in October by answering a new survey prepared by the Australian Catholic Bishops. The Australian Bishops have asked Catholics to give their opinions of marriage preparation, cohabitation and de facto relationships, the definition of marriage, and whether new language is needed in the family ... Read More »

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