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Papal visit and World Meeting of Families blog Print E-mail
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Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Cathy Lins and Marie Lins from the Diocese of Madison report on their trip to the papal visit in the United States and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

The Journey begins (September 21, 2015)

By Cathy Lins

PHILADELPHIA -- The last minute details are coming together. Marie Lins and I have headed out to the Philadelphia area.

We have received invitations for private gatherings for media personnel.

On Monday, we hope to attend Verbum Domini II: God’s Word Goes Out to the Nations, a special exhibit of the Museum on the Bible, seeing over 80 items, such as the pages of original Psalms written in Greek on papyrus (Bodmer Psalms Codex), fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls, and pages from the Codex Climaci Rescriptus, which contain Christian texts from the sixth to eighth centuries, most of them in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke.

The collection was initially on display in the Vatican, and is one of the largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts in the world.

Marie has signed up to see the U.S. premiere of the Humanum films, which focus on the complementarity of men and women and the beauty of marriage.

These are considered a groundbreaking series of films, capturing the ecology of the human family across the world and across religions.

They were filmed on location in Nigeria, Lebanon, Mexico, France, and the United States, employing a stunning cinematic blend of film, animation, and art.

This is a chance for media representatives to meet David Kang and Sean Schiavolin of Ecce! Films, the creators of the videos, and find out more about the promotion of the materials.

The seven films can be viewed on YouTube, by going to The Humanum Series.

museum of the bible exhibit
Early Christian documents in Aramaic from the Museum of the Bible Exhibit in Philadelphia.








Wisconsin Catholic Conference comments on U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Catholic Conference   
Friday, Jun. 26, 2015 -- 1:18 PM

Today the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that the U.S. constitution equally protects the right of same-sex couples to enter into a civil marriage in all 50 states. This ruling regrettably trumps both the express will emanating from the deliberations of voters and legislatures across the country, and millennia of understanding across cultures as to what marriage is.

At the same time, the opinion of the Court also recognizes that “the First Amendment affirms that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and their faiths and to their own deep aspiration to continue the family structure they have long revered.”

For our part, our Catholic faith teaches, as it always has, that marriage is and can only be the union of one man and one woman. Man and woman complement each other; they then become united as one in marriage and together are unique in their ability to create new life based on sexual and reproductive differences. Our teaching in that regard will not change.

We will also continue to teach that every human person deserves respect and compassion. The experience of same-sex attraction is a reality that calls for attention, sensitivity, and pastoral care. Each of us is called to love and each of us deserves to be loved. Here too, we will continue to witness this value.

As the impact of the decision plays out over the coming weeks and months the Catholic Church will continue to preach the truth about marriage and human dignity. We will invite our fellow citizens to share in our values and commitment to them.

Married life is better with NFP, says couple at synod Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
Jeff and Alice Heinzen, Synod on Family 2014
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, talks with Jeff and Alice Heinzen of Menomonie, Wis., as they leave the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican October 13. The couple are auditors at the synod. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic couples who ignore Church teaching on contraception "don't know what they are missing," said a U.S. couple invited to address the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.

Alice and Jeff Heinzen, family life leaders in the Diocese of La Crosse, spoke at the synod October 7, urging efforts to find new ways to share its teaching about the beauty of family life.

Natural Family Planning

Although the couple has practiced Natural Family Planning (NFP) for 27 years and taught NFP -- Alice is a member of the NFP advisory board for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops -- they did not speak specifically about family planning in their presentation to the synod.


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