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Many Christians no longer view marriage as a lifelong commitment, says Mary Hasson, director of the Catholic Women's Forum at the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington D.C., who agrees with Pope Francis' assertion that couples often fail to understand the sacred vows they are making to each other.
"It's individual consumerism applied to sexuality — what I want, when I want it, and only for as long as I want it," said Hasson, who has over a decade of experience in marriage preparation work for the Catholic Church, to The Christian Post. "It's meaningful only from a 'what's in it for me' perspective. Relationships often take on the same quality — they are vehicles for personal fulfillment (however defined) and, like an old car, they can be traded or dumped when the repair costs get too high or a new model appears on the scene."
The majority of couples she meets who are preparing for marriage frequently tell her that they want to commit for life, she said, "but they often have their own personal asterisks — the unspoken 'exceptions' that they believe will justify divorce and remarriage later on." more >>
LOS ANGELES – Executive producers of the 2016 remake of "Ben-Hur," Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, shared their heart for forgiveness and reconciliation as more information is released on the Orlando massacre – the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
"There's things clearly happening in the world and we put this film together to impact culture with the message of love and forgiveness and reconciliation and that's needed now more than ever," Roma Downey, former "Touched By An Angel" star, said at a Los Angeles screening of "Ben-Hur" about the Orlando shooting.
When asked how she and her husband, Mark Burnett, hope to spread the message of forgiveness in these dark times, she maintained she plans to do so by one act of kindness at a time. more >>
Hillary Scott of the band Lady Antebellum reveals the heartbreaking tragedy behind her latest single "Thy Will" ahead of the release of her new album Love Remains.
During an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday, the seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer revealed "Last fall, I went through a miscarriage."
Addressing society's general silence about the aftermath of a miscarriage, the 30-year-old singer said, "I feel like there's this pressure that you're just supposed to be able to snap your fingers and continue to walk through life like it never happened. more >>
An organizer for the annual "March for Marriage" event in the District of Columbia stated that President Barack Obama's transgender bathroom directive is the "next step" for the LGBT agenda.
Later this week the National Organization for Marriage will organize its latest "March for Marriage" in the nation's capital. The event lobbies for the government to recognize marriage as being between one man and one woman only.
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown told The Christian Post in emailed comments that the current effort to allow men to use women's restrooms was the next step after last year's Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. more >>
The Church of England will seek a compromise between traditional marriage supporting Christians and LGBT-affirming voices at its next General Synod in July, looking to prevent Anglicans from formally splintering due to differing views on homosexuality.
The Guardian reports that as many as 550 Anglican representatives around the world are set for three days of intense talks about human sexuality next month. While the CofE is not hoping to reach an agreement between the divisive viewpoints, it will seek to achieve dialog and mutual understanding.
Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, has talked at length about the need for Anglicans to stick together as one body despite the conflicting viewpoints they have on controversial issues, and has said he's hopeful that conversations between Church representatives will begin healing some of the wounds caused by the rift. more >>