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May 9, 2013

My blog post "Should I Attend the Wedding or Not?" prompted several questions and comments last week that I would like to address.

One reader asked about the validity of a Catholic marrying an Orthodox Christian in an Orthodox Church without a dispensation from his bishop. In the interest of ecumenism, the Code of Canon Law is less rigid in such a case. The Catholic party still has a...

May 2, 2013

This time of year wedding invitations start showing up in mailboxes and Catholics begin facing difficult decisions about whether or not to attend the weddings of lapsed Catholics. At Catholic Answers, we hear from the relatives and friends of fallen-away Catholics who are planning their weddings outside the Church. What is a serious Catholic to do?

The law of the Church

When any Catholic—even a lapsed one—gets married, he must have a Catholic wedding ceremony...

April 19, 2013

A few weeks ago I experienced what all expectant fathers dread.

My wife Uki had woken me up before dawn to inform me that it was time. She was in the initial stages of labor with our fifth child and her contractions were intensifying, so we quickly set out for the short ride to the hospital. I felt the familiar rush of excitement and anticipation, knowing that soon we would be welcoming another precious child into the world. But as my wife’s contractions become stronger and...

April 10, 2013

In one of the places I used to call home, I have a friend who serves in the state House of Representatives. She’s a libertarian-minded lady, and over the years I have supported and admired her efforts to promote legitimate freedoms while putting a check on illegitimate growth of state power.

Not long ago we found ourselves in rare disagreement, however, when she voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

In our correspondence she offered two different but related versions of her...

April 2, 2013

As the Supreme Court of the United States deliberates the fate of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and the state of California's Proposition 8, pundits are asking how we got to this point. What was the precedent that has culminated in the possibility that the U.S. will legalize same-sex marriage, as has been done in nearly a dozen countries worldwide?

In recent days, my Facebook news feed has been filled with friends citing...