The Church on Marriage

The Great God-Given Dignity of Motherhood

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / May 13, 2024 /
our lady of guadalupe waist up

“God’s parental tenderness can also be expressed by the image of motherhood (Isaiah 66:13; Psalm 131:2), which emphasizes God’s immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature. The language of faith thus draws on the human experience of parents.” ― Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 239   Christians typically speak of God as our “Father.”…

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The Beginning: The Original Unity of Man and Woman

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / January 14, 2021 /
Adam and Eve. Religion. Orthodox church in Kirowograd Ukraine

Previous articles in this series: What Is the Theology of the Body? Human Dignity and the Conjugal Meaning of the Body Next articles in this series: Purity of Heart Resurrection of the Body Christian Virginity and Celibacy for the Kingdom of God The Sacrament of Marriage Love and Fertility   In our previous two articles, we…

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Marriage – An Apostolic Endeavor

By Fr. Basil Cole, OP / July 9, 2018 /
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Accompaniment If marriage’s call to holiness is an apostolic endeavor for each spouse to make the faith more alive to the other, then each partner is called to discover God through both ups and down, and difficult patches of their relationship as well as the easy. In other words, husband and wife seek God through each…

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The Universality of the Moral Law

By HLI Staff / February 10, 2016 /

One of the most contested issues in this still young century is the nature of marriage. Those who do not believe that all human beings have a common nature, or in a law that emerges from that nature, have attempted to redefine marriage. While this is impossible, the innovators have certainly confused many in society…

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Dealing with Same-Sex Attraction through the Sacred Heart

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro and Fr. Peter West / June 4, 2015 /
Sacred Heart of Jesus

The heart of the Gospel message is God’s love for sinners. St. John writes in his Gospel “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  (John 3, 16). Jesus Christ, the Incarnate God, is the manifestation…

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Recovering the Art of Living to Build a Culture of Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 25, 2013 /
holy family painting

Recorded in 2013, in this presentation HLI President Father Shenan J. Boquet says that in today’s society the art of living is overshadowed by a false understanding of man and woman and their ultimate destiny. As cultures continue to collapse, it becomes imperative for all Christians to fully participate in the re-introduction of the One…

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John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Living the Gospel of Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 25, 2013 /
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In this 2012 presentation, HLI President Father Shenan J. Boquet speaks about John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and how it is an important resource in understanding God’s plan for marriage, family, and society. The Theology of the Body was given by the pope as a response to the attack on human sexuality and…

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Humanae Vitae Explained

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro / July 25, 2013 /

In this 2001 presentation, Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro-Carambula, executive director of HLI’s Rome office, explains that the Church has always taught that contraception is a sin. Some claims arose starting in the early 1960s that this teaching was in question, but this has never been the case. The climate of the times within the Church and…

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Homosexuality and the Theology of the Body Part II

By Fr. Peter West / May 14, 2013 /
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This is the second of a two-part series on how Saint Pope John Paul II’s the Theology of the Body can be used to help young, confused Catholics to understand the true nature of marriage. Part I is here. True love is demanding. The source of the beauty of this love is its demanding nature.…

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Homosexuality and the Theology of the Body Part I

By Fr. Peter West / May 10, 2013 /
black man thinking

Polls show that most young people today, even those who identify themselves as Christians, have no problem with “same-sex marriage.” If young people today are at all aware of what the Catholic Church teaches about marriage and human sexuality, what they think they know is often only a caricature of the truth. They see it…

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