US Catholic Faith in Real Life

She said yes! Now what?: Answers to questions about interfaith weddings

By John Switzer |

“I’m marrying a Presbyterian whose dad is a minister, so we want to get married in her church. Will I still be considered married by the Catholic Church?”

Absolutely, if the requirements of canon law are met. A couple who agrees to marry are the actual ministers of the sacrament. It is they who make the sacrament “happen,” not the minister.

Goy meets girl: How interfaith couples make it work

By Anna Weaver |
Interfaith and interchurch couples face unique challenges to building strong marriages.

Before Juliann Richards met Neal Levy, she didn’t doubt that she’d marry a fellow Catholic someday. After all, Richards was raised Catholic, attended Catholic school, grew up mostly around fellow Catholics, and knew she wanted her children raised with the same faith.

“For many years, I told myself (and others) that I was going to the nearby Catholic college so I could meet a nice Catholic boy and get married,” Richards recalls.

Preparing for an interfaith marriage

By Anna Weaver |

As a Presbyterian working for the Catholic Church, Bonnie Mack approaches her ministry from a unique perspective. She has been married to a Catholic for 42 years, and for the last 20 she’s volunteered and worked with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Marriage and Family Life Office.

Old habits die hard: The clothes of yore interest young religious

By Heather Grennan Gary |
Around the time Karen Lueck entered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1967, the community had decided to forgo its traditional habit. “Many people who had worn the habit were glad to get out of it,” she says. “They felt it kept them on a pedestal, apart from the people.”

The order reconsidered the issue several times during the 1970s and eventually reached a compromise: A few sisters chose to wear a modified habit, and the vast majority—including Lueck—opted for simple, professional clothing. (All sisters wear the order’s medal and ring.)

Sharing the faith with online video

By Roxane B. Salonen |
A web video competition shows young Catholics how they can share their faith online.

God’s providence can manifest through technology, according to Suzanne Haugh, director of Goodness Reigns, a short web video project that summons the creativity of youth and young adult Catholics to tell their faith story. The undertaking will end with 22 winning entrants either attending World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid or receiving video equipment if they choose.

Global youth group

By Lindsay Mudd |
A new generation of Catholics will seek out their place in the church in Madrid at World Youth Day 2011.

The Spanish capital will undergo a rejuvenating transformation in August as the world’s Catholic youth bring to life the theme of World Youth Day 2011, “planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith.”

Is marriage on the rocks?

By Heather Grennan Gary |
U.S. marriage rates are dropping, while the approval ratings of cohabitation and childbearing before marriage are climbing.

Young adult Catholics don't live in a vacuum, of course-most are influenced by what's going on in society. When it comes to marriage, however, that influence is mostly negative.

In 2007 the National Marriage Project's annual "State of Our Unions" report focused on the future of marriage and, in particular, the attitudes and practices of young adults.