Volume 7, Issue 8
February 22, 2012
New DVD available through the Ruth Institute
“EWTN on Location: Love and Life in the Divine Plan Family Conference”
The Ruth Institute presented a day and a half training conference on marriage at Aquinas College last February. The conference was based on the Roman Catholic Bishops’ document on marriage, called “Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” The bishops had identified four threats to marriage: cohabitation, contraception, divorce, and same sex marriage. Our conference featured top Ruth Institute speakers, giving social science reasons why the bishops are correct. Dr Janet Smith spoke on contraception. Economist and Ruth Institute Circle of Experts member Doug Allen revealed the many harms of no-fault divorce. University of Virginia sociologist Brad Wilcox illustrated the dangers of cohabitation, while Dr. J herself gave the natural law case against same sex unions. The conference opened with a lecture on Christian anthropology by the Acton Institute’s Sam Gregg and closes with a talk on the Theology of the Body, by Aquinas College’s own Sr. Jane Dominic, OP.
Eternal Word Television Network filmed the entire conference, and broadcasted it on its worldwide network. This DVD set of the six lectures has just become available. You will feel as though you are a part of the conference! Order your copy for $30 today. Great for discussion groups, Bible studies, religious education classes or just your own personal edification.
Order this enlightening DVD set today. The ancient Christian teachings on marriage have been right all along! Learn what you can do to defend marriage against all comers.
A Petition for Women who Stand in Favor of Religious Liberty
By Helen M. Alvaré & Kim Daniels
Like countless other women, we’ve been closely following the Obama administration’s attempt to compel religious institutions to provide contraceptive coverage in violation of their beliefs. And like countless other women, over the past several days we’ve heard House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and others repeatedly ask those who oppose the contraceptive mandate, “Where are the women?”
Here we are. Keep reading.
Sign the petition at womenspeakforthemselves.com.
Young Adults @ Cathedral Center
Dr. J speaks on secular and religious reasons to uphold marriage to a group of young adults in Houston, Texas. (Click the POD icon.)
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How to tell if you're a mom, Part 1
The two most hateful, fearful, and odious words in the English language are: potty training.
Even though you're not on TV or in a movie, you sometimes hear yourself saying, "It's quiet....Tooooo quiet."
Traditional Family Law: Connecting Marriage with Children
The Supreme Court was more right than it knew during the past two centuries as it identified the state's interest in marriage as children and their formation. The first in a two-part series.
by Helen Alvaré, writer of the above petition, and a member of the Ruth Institute Circle of Experts
This article was first published at thepublicdiscourse.com on December 6, 2011.
Why is there a gulf between those who see same-sex marriage as an impossible legal and cultural revolution, a bridge too far, and those who see it as the logical next step on a path well-trodden in family law? In part, it is the difference in perspective between those familiar with classical expressions of the goods and goals of marriage found in over a century of Supreme Court decisions, and those with their eyes fixed upon more recent legal developments that call those goods into question or ignore them.
Those who champion marriage between a man and a woman would like to see the Supreme Court settle the matter according to a long series of precedents treating procreation and child-rearing as primary state-recognized goods of marriage. But given that one ought to be realistic about judicial willingness today to ignore precedent in favor of some perceived zeitgeist, an additional strategy to preserve the link between marriage and children in the Court's reasoning is warranted.