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Topics: Marriage

Why America’s Birth Rate is Still Tanking: Young Adults Postponing Marriage and the Changing Marriage Market



The birth rate in the United States is still falling and with no end in sight. Even despite robust economic growth and low unemployment over the past two years, the birth rate has not picked up. Why is this happening? In part I of this article series, we discussed the economic reasons why Americans are having fewer children. The rising costs of raising a child, the rising costs of a college education, financial uncertainty, and …

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Saint Paul VI, Pray For US



“Pope Paul VI is a saint,” Holy Mother Church declared to the faithful gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday October 14, 2018. Indeed he is. Saint Paul VI is beloved above all for his two historic contributions to the Church: First, he promulgated Humanae Vitae, the encyclical that announced to the world that, while the “spirit of the times” might change, the truth does not.

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Old, Lonely, and Poor



When China’s Communist Party under Deng Xiaoping first introduced the one-child policy in 1979, party insiders had been convinced that China’s population growth was impeding its economic development. Decades under Chairman Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution had wrecked the nation’s economy and left policymakers in the Communist Party searching for new solutions. Some of the reforms instituted at that time have reaped significant dividends for the Chinese people. China began to incorporate free market economics and …

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The Wisdom of the Church’s Teaching on Marriage



From individuals, to families, to the general population at-large, marriage is essential to society. A committed marriage provides the best arrangement for the well-being of both spouses and children. Marriage provides a more stable environment for personal growth and development than any other living arrangement. Yet many families in today’s culture are rent apart by separation, divorce, and civil remarriage. Former spouses and children are left to suffer the effects—effects so pervasive and widespread that …

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Out of Africa Comes a Cry for Help Against the Culture of Death



Arriving in the Philippines last January, Pope Francis warned his millions of listeners to resist “ideological colonization.” This destructive assault on families, the Pope continued, included efforts to “redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life.” Africans, above all, know what he is talking about. After all, their continent has been the playground of Western imperialists for the past two centuries. Their …

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The UN Continues to Push a Radical Abortion Agenda



The new UN report on women makes for grim reading, if you can decipher it. The reason that you may have trouble doing so is that the report, called the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development, is written in a kind of code. Words and expressions are used that sound reasonable—what could be wrong with “gender equality,” for example?—but which, in the femspeak used by the …

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Another U.N. Committee Runs Amuck



Believe it or not, the 10-member UN Committee Against Torture will spend the next two days, May 5-6, 2014, attacking the Catholic Church and its teachings. It’s not as if we haven’t been warned. Last January, the chairwoman of another UN committee, this one the Committee on the Rights of the Child, “demanded” that the Holy See change Catholic doctrine to accept gay marriage, abortion, contraception, etc., because the current position of the Church supposedly …

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Sex and the Supreme Court: Your 60-Second Guide to American Fertility



This week the US Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act, ignoring the fundamental good to society of promoting marriages among those able to bear children and the underlying nature of sexuality itself. Most conservatives believe that children come from sex. Conversely, many liberals believe children come from failed contraception. These different opinions account for the liberal-conservative divide on abortion, contraception, and the definition of marriage. Ideas matter, and these two different ideas have …

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