Marriage & Family

Bishop Strickland welcomes Amoris Laetitia as “beautiful teaching” on love, marriage and family

Today the Church welcomes a beautiful teaching from our Holy Father Francis on the splendor of Christian marriage and the family. Entitled Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love’), this letter recalls the essential aspects of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family which are based on Divine Revelation found in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. The document is intended …

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7,000 years of marriage represented at World Marriage Day Mass

TYLER – More than 160 couples celebrating anniversaries in 2016 marked World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday. This is the third year-in-a-row- that the Diocese of Tyler has held the special Mass which normally takes place around St. Valentine’s Day. Collectively, those present for the …

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Confronting the porn epidemic: a major goal for the US bishops

BALTIMORE CNA/EWTN News) – In a historic statement outlining the challenges pornography poses to the family and individuals as well as the tools available within the Church and society to combat its negative effects, the U.S. bishops say they have created a resource for healing and mercy. Read the document “Create in Me a Clean Heart”>>> “Our statement is not meant to …

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Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – With a two-thirds majority vote, the more than 200 bishops gathered for the Vatican’s synod on the family supported Church teaching on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and communion for divorced and remarried persons. The Vatican’s synod on the family was opened by Pope Francis Oct. 4, and it will close Oct. 25. This year’s event …

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Revamped annulment process focuses on speed, role of local bishops

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – In a reformed marriage annulment process, Pope Francis has made significant changes, giving more of a role to the local bishop, dropping automatic appeals, and declaring the process free of charge. Announced Tuesday, the new process is aimed at streamlining the system for granting annulments out of concern “for the salvation of souls” while affirming …

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Bishop Strickland’s Message for NFP Awareness Week 2015

This week, the Bishops of the United States remember Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) by celebrating National Family Planning Awareness Week. National NFP Awareness Week provides an opportunity to spread the word about Catholic teaching on marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. Sharing basic information about the methods of NFP and why they support God’s design …

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Bishop Strickland’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Joseph Edward Strickland By the Grace of God and the Apostolic See Bishop of Tyler TO THE PRIESTS, DEACONS, CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS AND CATHOLIC FAITHFUL OF THE DIOCESE OF TYLER, OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF OTHER FAITH TRADITIONS, AND ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL IN THE THIRTY-THREE COUNTIES OF NORTHEAST TEXAS THAT MAKE UP THE DIOCESE OF TYLER: On the morning …

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Dunk the Bishop! Diocese to Support Magdalene Home Festival

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will make himself a target May 16 as he exchanges his cathedra for a dunking booth. Bishop Strickland will take to the dunking booth as part of the Lovin’ on Kids Benefit Festival at Bergfeld Park in Tyler, May 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will benefit The Magdalene Home, a home in Tyler seeking to …

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Bishop Invites Feedback on Family Topics for Synod

This October, Cardinals and Bishops from across the world will gather in Rome for the Ordinary Synod of Bishops. This Synod will be considering the vocation and mission of the family both in the Church and in contemporary society. The Vatican has a working preparatory document (called a lineamenta) that is composed of the concluding report from the 2014 Extraordinary Synod …

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Called ‘Direct Assault’ on Marriage, Morality

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The new movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” is “a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God’s people,” Cincinnati’s archbishop told pastors in his archdiocese. “We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and to highlight the beauty of God’s design for loving relationships between a …

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