US Bishops’ Marriage Unique for a Reason March Newsletter

Interview with Bishop Conley

In February, Subcommittee chairman Bishop Conley of Lincoln answered questions from Catholic News Service about the open letter, “Created Male and Female.

He noted, “This false belief [gender ideology] of relatively few individuals has been raised to a heightened level of publicity through social activism and an aggressive push for special recognition and rights. At the center of this activism is a rejection of the truth about human sexuality and our goodness of our bodies: That we are created male and female and ordered toward relationship with one another.”

Read the entire interview.


“Made for Love” Podcast

MUR’s very own podcast Made for Love debuted on January 8, 2018. It is available on iTunes (search for USCCBClips at the iTunes store and find all the USCCB audio) and on our website via SoundCloud!

Made for Love highlights the joys and struggles of real people when it comes to love, marriage, and sexuality. Episodes will surround various teachings of the Church and show how people deal with various situations in real time.

These are the episodes out now:

  1. The Baptism Reversal (Conversion)
  2. When Love Meets Silence (Caregiving)
  3. When Love is Not Love (Annulments)
  4. When Love Means Leaving (Domestic Abuse)
  5. Love at the Table (Family Dinner)
  6. Real Marriage v. the Ideal

If you have a story idea, please contact Sara Perla at


FYM Mobile Redesign!

Be sure to check out the new mobile website of For Your Marriage!


First Freedom Podcast

Also check out the Religious Liberty podcast! Current episodes feature the work of USCCB Government Relations, the wisdom of Archbishop Lori of Baltimore, Montse Alvarado from Becket, and more! Click here to listen to all the episodes!


Legal Updates

U.S. Supreme Court
On February 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge of an Arizona woman who argued that, after divorcing her same-sex partner, the rules of shared custody that normally apply in divorces should not apply in her case, since the child born during the “marriage” is not related to the other woman. By refusing to hear the case, the court allows the ruling that shared custody applies to stand.

Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

On February 26, 2018, in a 10-3 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Zarda v. Altitude Express that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, by barring sex discrimination, also bars discrimination based on “sexual orientation.” This furthers the circuit split, since an appeals court in Atlanta ruled in the opposite direction.


On January 31, 2018, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Illinois Department of Corrections on behalf of six inmates with gender dysphoria, claiming that the prison system denied them medical treatment.

North Carolina
On February 7, 2018, a federal judge in North Carolina ruled in Myrick v. EEOC that the state violated civil rights laws when it forced a magistrate to resign because of her beliefs about marriage. In the settlement, the state agreed to pay the magistrate the salary and retirement benefits that she would have earned or accrued during the time she was off work.

On February 12, 2018, a federal judge in Missouri ordered the Missouri Department of Corrections to provide an inmate with hormone therapy for an inmate with gender dysphoria. In addition, the state must allow permanent body hair removal and access to “gender affirming” bathrooms.

And in the Executive Branch
In February 2018, the Trump administration’s Department of Education announced that it would no longer take complaints of “transgender” students regarding access to bathrooms or locker rooms. The spokesman for the agency replied to reporters that, “Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, not gender identity.”


Legislation in the 115th Congress

The USCCB continues to support the First Amendment Defense Act, the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, and the Healthy Relationships Act in Congress.

Take Action Now! by visiting this link and urge your representatives to support and co-sponsor this vital legislation.


The U.S. Bishops are encouraging Catholics throughout the country to offer their Friday acts of sacrifice and penance for the protection of Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty.

Click here for more information.


Talking Point

Marriage: Start with Who We Are

To understand what marriage is, the best place to start is with the human person. We must ask, “What does it mean to be a human person, as a man or as a woman?” First, men and women are created in the image of God, with great dignity and worth. Also, since “God is love,” (1 Jn 4:8) each person finds fulfillment by loving others. Second, men and women are body-persons. The body is an essential part of being human and shapes what it means to love.


Catechesis Corner

“No member of the faithful could possibly deny that the Church is competent in her magisterium to interpret the natural moral law. It is in fact indisputable, as Our predecessors have many times declared, that Jesus Christ, when He communicated His divine power to Peter and the other Apostles and sent them to teach all nations His commandments, constituted them as the authentic guardians and interpreters of the whole moral law, not only, that is, of the law of the Gospel but also of the natural law. For the natural law, too, declares the will of God, and its faithful observance is necessary for men’s eternal salvation.

In carrying out this mandate, the Church has always issued appropriate documents on the nature of marriage, the correct use of conjugal rights, and the duties of spouses. These documents have been more copious in recent times.

–Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, no. 4.


For news and current events pertaining to marriage, visit the Marriage in the News page on the For Your Marriage website.