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placeholder February 21, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Bishops’ launch efforts to reinforce
church teaching on marriage
Web sites on marriage

www.foryourmarriage.org

www.portumatrimonio.org (Spanish)

www.marriageuniqueforareason.org: why marriage should be promoted as the union of a man and a woman

www.usccb.org/loveandlife: U.S. bishops’ pastoral letter on marriage, “Love and Life in the Divine Plan”

www.oakflo.com: Oakland Diocese information

The U.S. Catholic Church is moving aggressively to reinforce the Church’s teaching about the sanctity of marriage, including the release of new multimedia materials and active work in battling legislative efforts to change legal definitions of marriage in order to legalize same-sex marriage.

Thousands of copies of a DVD “Made for Each Other,” and its accompanying education materials have been distributed around the country, and other materials are in development aimed at teaching children.

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., and chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, urged use of the online resources on marriage at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website, www.foryourmarriage.org, and its Spanish-language counterpart, www.portumatrimonio.org; advocacy resources at www.marriageuniqueforareason.org on why marriage should be promoted as the union of a man and a woman; and the bishops’ pastoral letter on marriage, “Love and Life in the Divine Plan,” available online at www.usccb.org/loveandlife.

The For Your Marriage website received nearly half a million visits in 2010, a 23 percent increase over 2009, according to a report from Google Analytics.

The report found that articles on preparing for a Catholic wedding were especially popular. The site offers information about wedding readings, music, ceremony options, interchurch marriages and tips for planning a memorable wedding.

 
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