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Restoring Marriage & Family Life in 2014

    Listen to the Talk 760 AM WJR Detroit April 3, 2014 Interview with Dr. Michael T. Ross     Metro Detroit Interfaith Conference for Clergy & Community Leaders   Dear Friends in Faith, Marriage and family, God’s first institution, unites...

Renewed hope for Motown, marriage

By Dr. Michael T. Ross, The Detroit News For decades, Michigan’s leaders have trumpeted great plans to revitalize Metro Detroit. Compelling physical structures have transformed the Detroit skyline, such as the Renaissance Center, Riverfront Towers, One Detroit Center,...

Barney Field: Detroit learns from our ‘miracle’

By Barney Field / Guest columnist / El Paso Times POSTED:   03/23/2014 12:00:00 AM MDT Detroit clergy are curious about why El Paso is the safest large city while their city continues to be the most dangerous. They have graciously invited me to speak on "The El Paso...

Marriage & Family Facts USA

Census 2010 Household Data American Fact Finder[1] National Data 1950 National Data:        Married households - 78.0% Percentage of unwed births:[2]  3.9% Population: 150,697,361 1960 National Data:        Married households - 74.3%[3] Percentage of unwed births:[4] ...

Which Parent Do I Not Need – My Mom or My Dad?

By Mike McManus Grace Evans, an 11-year-old, asked Minnesota legislators last month: “Which parent do I not need – my mom or my dad?”  No one answered her. She paused 8 seconds, and added, “I hope you can see that every child needs a mom and a dad. Please don’t change...

Broken Family Law: Guidelines and Fixes

“The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”[i]  John F. Kennedy 1961 Since John F. Kennedy spoke these inaugural words, out-of-wedlock births skyrocketed from 5.3% to 40.6% of all births (by 2008) as society abandoned...

Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

Abstract: Child poverty is an ongoing national concern, but few are aware that its principal cause is the absence of married fathers in the home. Marriage remains America’s strongest anti-poverty weapon, yet it continues to decline. As husbands disappear from the...

Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles

In recent years, marriage has weakened, with serious negative consequences for society as a whole. Four developments are especially troubling: divorce, illegitimacy, cohabitation, and same-sex marriage. The purpose of this document is to make a substantial new...

Safeguarding Catholic Marriage from State Civil Court Violation

One Proposal Based on the ‘Code of Canon Law’ (1983) Canon Law Basis Canon 840. The sacraments of the New Testament were instituted by Christ the Lord and entrusted to the Church. As actions of Christ and of the Church, they are signs and means by which faith is...

Saving Children: Safeguards for Spouses and Society

Children suffer mercilessly as America no longer honors their needs—nor even their lives. Laws, policies and institutional support that would safeguard their birth, well-being, safety, development, and education no longer matter to leaders and adults entrusted with...

A Covenant Call

To Defend Her Children & The Divine Plan On behalf of our children who have no voice and who suffer the most, may we ask our Church to elevate the sacrament and living expression of our faith, marriage, to share in our Church’s defense of human life and the Divine...

Finally Fixing Broken Family Law! Responsible Spouse Guidelines

"Divorce law in many states now is fundamentally unjust. Men and women who have invested their very lives in the financial, social, and emotional welfare of their families can be left high and dry if their spouse wants a divorce and they do not. More specifically, men...

Ending Metro Detroit’s Broken Family Pandemic

DOFH envisions a Renaissance in marriage and family life in Southeastern Michigan.  It unfolds in this year of faith as clergy, pastors and lay leaders ask their married congregations to help them create five marriage mentor ministries in which married couples...

Ultimate Purpose

Most would agree that improvement of America’s family law systems requires knowledge of the role of the legal profession in the courtroom and in areas of public policy and statute development.  Attorneys influence all of these sectors. So, do the collective results of...

Autobahn To Recovery

Pundits cite many reasons for Michigan’s morbid economy. Most center around the business climate—for example, anti-business tax policy, omnipotent  and inflexible state bureaucracy, high union labor costs, and decision-making overly invested in the automotive sector....

Marriage is Pro-Life

A Duty To Protect Human Life and the One-Flesh Union  Discernment, a fundamental virtue, is the ability to distinguish ‘good’ from evil. This faculty is critical for managing the daily demands that influence the behavior of individuals, organizations and communities....

No-Fault Divorce: America’s Divorce Mill

What is no-fault divorce? When you ask most people, they will say Divorce is a mutual-consent process, or that it preserves privacy, or that it eliminates blame for the failure of the marriage. Not many people will answer that it’s a lawsuit in which one party is...

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