National Marriage Week 2022
"Called to the Joy of Love" is the theme for National Marriage Week, February 7th-14th, 2022. Join us in celebrating marriage (including World Marriage Day on February 13th) and offering support for the vocation. Check out our recent podcast episodes (such as the one below) on the subject, and stay tuned to ForYourMarriage for more updates as the week approaches.
Crisis and Opportunity in Marriage Enrichment
JP DeGance of Communio joins the latest episode of the podcast to talk about the urgent need for marriage enrichment in our parishes, and the tremendous good it can do for families and the life of the Church.

Later in the episode, Andrew and Kara (and Kara's baby daughter Viv!) talk about West Side Story. Both movie versions have a bit to say about the call to love; not all of it's great, but it's definitely worth reflecting on.

The series leading up to National Marriage Week also featured an episode with Richard Budd of the Diocese of Lansing on preparing couples for marriage, and will continue through February!

Find previous episodes here and share it with your friends!
Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life
The USCCB's pastoral framework will assist dioceses as local pastoral planning and implementation continue to take place since the publication of Amoris Laetitia. "Called to the Joy of Love" provides guidelines for the pastoral accompaniment of married couples and families in every phase of life, drawing upon the teachings and recommendations contained in the apostolic exhortation.

You can buy a hard copy of the pastoral framework or download the PDF.
Legal/Policy Updates
Another Victory in Foster Care! - On January 25th, Michigan settled a lawsuit with St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Buck v. Hertel, to allow the agency to continue providing foster care and adoption services without being forced to place children with same-sex couples.

HHS - On January 5th, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services proposed a regulation requiring health insurance companies to cover "gender transition" procedures. The USCCB led in submitting a coalition public comment letter on the 26th. 

Sports - Student sports have again taken center stage among gender issues as state legislatures began their 2022 sessions. Several states introduced bills. Arizona's passed a senate committee on January 20th, and South Dakota's passed a house committee on the 26th. Indiana's passed its house on January 27th; but, on the same day, Kentucky's and Virginia's stumbled in their respective senate committees. While these and others pend, and under great public scrutiny after the high-profile dominance of "transgender" U. of Pennsylvania swimmer, Lia Thomas, the NCAA changed its own pro-"transgender" rules on January 19th to defer to individual sports' governing bodies on respective policies.

Schools - Catholic parents sued Clay Co., Florida, schools on January 24th over the latter's secret conversations with their 12-year-old daughter about her "gender identity" that preceded suicide attempts. A California mother sued a California school district, also in January, for targeting her 7th grade daughter to secretly push her toward "gender transition." Chicago teachers were recently instructed in mandatory training to conceal students' "gender identity" from parents and that sex has no basis in biology. A Florida bill, meanwhile, seeks to limit schools' raising discussions of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity;" while on January 26th, Utah's State Board of Education released pro-"transgender" guidance for public comment.

Prisons - On January 13th, the Biden Administration revised guidelines to facilitate placement of prisoners according to their self-identified "gender identity." On January 27th, an adult male in California who sexually assaulted children shortly before turning 18, and who identified as "transgender" only after being taken into custody, was sentenced to detention with juvenile females.

Christian Bakers - On January 26th, an Oregon appeals court affirmed prior rulings against a Christian couple, the Kleins, who declined to bake a cake for a same-sex "wedding" in 2013, but said that the $135,000 damages previously levied against them were not arrived at neutrally and should be reconsidered.