Respect Life Program Decisions of the U. Supreme Court rarely attract much public interest.
Bishops launched the National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage, a multi-year collaborative effort to promote, preserve, and protect marriage, understood as both a sacramental reality and a human institution. The bishops directed their Committee on Marriage and Family to develop a pastoral letter on marriage as the centerpiece of the Initiative.
As one of the first steps in this process, the Committee asked the Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth, which staffs the Committee, to collect and analyze diocesan marriage preparation policies.
The purpose was twofold: This analysis looks at the marriage policies of Latin-rite dioceses. It identifies common practices, significant differences, and current trends that are evolving, such as cultural adaptations, an emphasis on the total life cycle of the marriage, and liturgical rituals.
It references specific diocesan policies that are especially well-developed on particular topics.
It also suggests sources for additional information and explanations. This analysis was completed in the fall of The Committee recognizes that dioceses continue to revise their marriage policies in response to changing circumstances in society and in the Church. As the Committee receives copies of these new policies, it will make every effort to keep this analysis up-to-date so that it remains a useful resource.
Overview of Diocesan Policies Of the policies, a few were in revision and eight were over 15 years old. Eight states had joint policies Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas, and Wisconsin although sometimes dioceses had their own supplemental or updated policies.
Generally, policies allowed parishes to add further specifics, as long as they did not conflict with the diocesan policy, i. Dioceses looking for sample standard practices might start with neighboring dioceses, then look at state policies, since they are the product of several dioceses.
Others involved in marriage preparation, including sponsor couples, Engaged Encounter leaders, natural family planning teachers, and Pre-Cana speakers, are not the direct audience, although policies usually outline the kinds of programs that are accepted and the general content of those programs.
Although the policies do not usually address the engaged couple directly, many dioceses offer a brochure that welcomes the couple and summarizes the important points of the policy that couples need to know.
Style of policies Policies range from brochure-length to over pages. The average comprehensive policy is about 75 pages. The discrepancy in length is often due to appendices that cover canon law, church documents, details regarding mixed marriages and second marriages, description of programmatic content, and liturgical guidelines.
Thus the core of each diocesan policy is usually about ten pages. Some policies state the policy and then add documentation such as canon law and pastoral tips.
Others simply state the policy, provide a brief explanation and put related information into an appendix.Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry Table of Contents The President's Council on Bioethics There seems to be no ethical way to try to discover whether cloning-to-produce-children can become safe, it may in time become a vanishing objection should people be allowed to proceed.
As Congress and the Trump administration announce sanctions and tariffs on just about every country in the world, it should be noted that this will be the last time the U.S. can use its hegemony. The Legal Aspects of Human Cloning John Duddington Introduction. the Chief Medical Officer of Health, to consider whether human cloning should be allowed, will publish its report.
Indeed, this report is overdue, leading to speculation about what it will recommend. Other legal issues. If human cloning were permitted, there would clearly. the clone of an adult female sheep. the car is a clone under a different brand name—it's even manufactured in the same plant as its cousin.
TheINQUIRER publishes daily news, reviews on the latest gadgets and devices, and INQdepth articles for tech buffs and hobbyists.
Why is there something rather than nothing?Might the world be an illusion or dream?What exists beyond the human senses?What happens after death?Does divine or supernatural agency exist?
Is the future already decided?; What is the meaning of life?What is right and wrong?Is the world good or bad?Are humans good or evil?What beings should have what rights?