US Bishops’ Marriage News April

April 2017

Made for the Common Good Study Guide

The final study guide for the MUR series is online!
The Made for the Common Good Study Guide explores the themes set out in the video Made for the Common Good in more detail, including how marriage is good for men, women, children, and society at large; why acting as though a child has two “moms” or two “dads” is problematic; the effects of third-party reproduction; etc.
Please check out this resource and let us know what else you need to help you proclaim the goodness of marriage to your community.

Blog Series on MUR Videos Continues

The MUR blog has been running a series of short sections from the videos followed by a brief reflection and some discussion questions. Here are links to the Made for Freedom seriesMade for Each Other series, the Made for Life series, and the Made for the Common Good series. Please share these!

Judicial Updates
U.S. Supreme Court
On March 6th, the Supreme Court vacated the ruling of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Gloucester Country School Board v. G.G. case and remanded it back for further consideration in light of the Trump Administration’s rescinding of the “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students.” This is the case about a seventeen-year-old who wants to use the facilities reserved to the opposite sex in her public school due to her “gender identity.” The Fourth Circuit ruled in the student’s favor using the “Dear Colleague Letter” as its main guidance.

Legislation in the 115th Congress
The USCCB supports the First Amendment Defense Act, the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, and the Civil Rights Uniformity Act in the next Congress.
Take Action Now! by visiting this link and urge your representatives to support and co-sponsor this vital legislation.

Pope Francis
Photo by Jeffrey Bruno
The next World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin, Ireland from August 21-26 of 2018. On March 25, 2017, Pope Francis wrote to Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family, and Life regarding the theme of the World Meeting, “The Gospel of the Family: joy for the world.”
“The family…is the ‘yes’ of God’s love,” the Holy Father wrote. God’s love is the starting point for the family and allows the family to love one another and reach out in mercy to others who are wounded and mistreated. It is only from love that the family can “manifest, spread, and regenerate God’s love in the world,” the pope wrote.
He exhorted families to examine how they interact with one another and to strive to live “based on love, for love, and in love.” The pope reminded married couples and families to strengthen their relationships using, “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry.” While man experiences hurt and fragility, a “renewed humility” of heart within families can offer healing and mercy.
The Holy Father hopes that the Dublin Meeting will offer “concrete signs of…how much Christian families are a place of mercy and witnesses of mercy.” He closed his letter with a special prayer for the members of the archdiocese of Dublin as they prepare for the World Meeting of Families.


The U.S. Bishops are encouraging Catholics throughout the country to offer their Friday acts of sacrifice and penance for the protection of Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty.

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Talking Point
The social value of marriage is apparent even to those who aren’t Catholic.  Marriage as a lifelong, faithful union between husband and wife, open to children, is a good thing for all of society. Marriage is based on the nature of the human person and anyone can know it. The government has the responsibility to promote and protect the truth about marriage, regardless of whether or not it agrees with any of the explicitly religious convictions that uphold the same human truth.

Catechesis Corner 
common values
Having the right to marry does not mean having the right to call any relationship a marriage, nor does it mean being able to force other people to treat your relationship as marriage. All persons have the right to marry, but not the right to redefine what marriage is.  Relationships between two persons of the same sex can never be a marriage because two people of the same sex cannot be what married people are: a couple united in sexual difference who are able to become a mother and father to children.

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