Community Marriage Policies Answer a Vital Need

By Michael T. Ross, M.D. & Mike McManus Marriage is the vibrant center of the common good. At a time when systemic disintegration of marriage has created a crisis of global proportions, marriage remains the most valuable and cost effective resource for a family, a community and for a nation. Community Marriage Policies answer a vital …

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A Time For Marriage

The disintegration of marriage is the issue for 21st century America. While 90 percent of America’s top jobs require a college degree, 60 percent of children in urban schools don’t graduate from high school.  In Detroit, a predominantly African American city, only 25% of children graduate.  For African American males, this drops to 20%.  Surprisingly, it …

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Ministering to the Marriage Needs of the Community

Marriage doesn’t seem to be an important component of our families these days—at least if you believe what our culture tells us.  The Hollywood version of family is quasi-living together, outrageous weddings, serial marriage and divorce, and belligerent behavior between spouses, ex-spouses, and often their children.  While some of what we see comes from living …

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Marriage: The Disappearing American Dream

The American dream has been aborted. Washington and state leaders of both parties have jettisoned our fundamental rights–rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Our founders fought hard for these rights and enshrined them in our Constitution and first ten amendments. For two centuries, realizing this vision was our nation’s dream and …

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The Conciliation Courts

The Conciliation Courts movement began in Los Angeles.  The California Conciliation Court Act, which was enacted in 1939, permitted the judge in any court in the State to establish a Conciliation Court.  The mission of the Conciliation Court was primarily to preserve families by providing means for the reconciliation of spouses. The Los Angeles Conciliation …

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In Search Of A Safe Harbor

Marriage is supposed to be the safe harbor for raising children.  But when no-fault divorce laws were introduced, the safe harbor was lost because marriage became disposable. A marriage can now be ended by a unilateral act that disregards the other person. At the time of its enactment, no-fault divorce was promoted as a ‘mutual …

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Strengthening Marriage and Family For The Common Good: In Motown & All America

By Michael T. Ross, M.D. & Michael J. McManus For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man …

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His Excellency Archbishop Allen Vigneron Addresses Interfaith Assembly of Metro Detroit Leaders at Islamic Center of America

March 30, 2009   For many of us the account of the world being created by God is a privileged witness to the foundational conviction that those who worship the One God and call Abraham their father bring to all human affairs: namely, the conviction that the human race came into existence through the free …

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The Real Root Causes of Violent Crime: The Breakdown of Marriage, Family, and Community

  March 17, 1995  The Heritage Foundation Patrick Fagan         INTRODUCTION Policymakers at last are coming to recognize the connection between the breakdown of American families and various social problems. The unfolding debate over welfare reform, for instance, has been shaped by the wide acceptance in recent years that children born into …

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1994 – YEAR OF THE FAMILY

LETTER TO FAMILIES FROM POPE JOHN PAUL II GRATISSIMAM SANE Dear Families! 1. The celebration of the Year of the Family gives me a welcome opportunity to knock at the door of your home, eager to greet you with deep affection and to spend time with you. I do so by this Letter, taking as my …

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