Children of married parents have highest self-esteem, says new research

May 30, 2016 by

by Vanessa Allen, Mailonline: Children whose parents are married have significantly higher self-esteem, according to research unveiled yesterday. Teenagers of married couples were more confident than those in single-parent families or youngsters whose parents lived together in a stable long-term relationship, it found. Overall, boys with married parents had the highest self-esteem, while girls with co-habiting parents had the lowest. Previous research has found that confidence and happiness in...

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Same sex marriage in the Scottish Episcopal Church

May 23, 2016 by

A response to Oliver O’Donovan ‘The Wreck of Catholic Identity: Marriage Canon Revision in the Scottish Episcopal Church.’ by Martin Davie: Next month the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church will return to a proposal to amend its Canon on marriage, Canon 31, removing the reference to marriage being between ‘one man and one woman.’  Behind this proposal lies a report on The Theology of Marriage from the Doctrine Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church which makes out the case for...

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Scottish Episcopal Church to debate changes to marriage canon

May 21, 2016 by

by Gavin Drake, ACNS: A proposal to amend the marriage canon to permit same sex weddings in churches will be considered by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church next month. The proposed changes, which were requested by the Synod in 2015, remove the current definition of marriage in the first clause of the canon and adds a new “conscience clause” to prevent clergy opposed to the move from being forced to conduct same-sex weddings against their will. The current Canon, C31, begins...

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Highlighting what we understand marriage to be

May 17, 2016 by

By Ancient Briton: Like many readers,  I have been awaiting the publication of ‘Highlights’ following the April meeting of the Church in Wales Governing Body to read how the Archbishop’s determination to open his churches to same sex marriage ceremonies regardless of the cost to the Church would be presented. ‘Highlights’ absence may be due to the retirement of the well respected Archdeacon who put it together or perhaps the bishops’ same-sex marriage...

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Marriage rates see shocking fall

May 16, 2016 by

From the Marriage Foundation: Office of National Statistics has released the new marriage statistics for 2013 and they show a shocking fall in marriage rates. Marriage Foundation’s analysis of the ONS statistics reveals that first marriage rates are now at an all-time low for brides at 25.6 per 1,000 single women, and equal to the previous all-time low seen in 2009 for grooms at 21.7 per 1,000 unmarried men. Furthermore, there were fewer weddings in 2013 across all age groups between 20...

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LGBT activist drops complaint against Australian bishops over marriage booklet

May 11, 2016 by

by Steve Weatherbe, LifeSite: A Tasmanian LGBT activist and Green Party candidate has withdrawn his discrimination complaint against the Australian Catholic Church over a booklet on marriage he claimed had caused “pain and harm” to people. At issue was the pastoral letter, Messing with Marriage, issued in booklet form and reportedly distributed to Catholic school children. It explained Catholic opposition to same-sex “marriage” and defended heterosexual marriage as “holy,” God-given and linked...

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