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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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Catholic Conference comments on Court of Appeals ruling Print E-mail
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Thursday, Oct. 09, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference offered the following comment on the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court declining review of the recent ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that the state’s constitutional provision defining marriage violates the U.S. Constitution:

“As Attorney General Van Hollen has stated, government officials must comply with these court decisions and apply the marriage law consistent with the District Court’s order and the Seventh Circuit’s decision.

“As we made clear in commenting on the ruling by the Court of Appeals, no court can change our Catholic teaching on marriage, and no one is suggesting that the ruling will have that effect. Catholic churches are under no obligation to solemnize marriages that are inconsistent with our religious teaching.

“We also noted then that the challenge facing Catholics remains the same as it has always been, to witness our belief in marriage and what it signifies in a way that invites others to share in our belief. We must do so with a strong and active faith.”

 
La Crosse couple presenters at synod Print E-mail
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Written by Denis Downey, La Crosse Catholic Times Staff   
Thursday, Oct. 02, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

MENOMONIE -- Alice and Jeff Heinzen will not only be serving as auditors for the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family that Pope Francis has called for October 5 to 19 at the Vatican but also they will make a presentation before the general assembly at the historic event.

In their main role as one of 14 married couples from around the world selected to serve as auditors for the synod, the Heinzens will observe all of the general assembly sessions and participate in group discussions with the English-speaking delegates.

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