Charter of the Rights of the Family

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Teresa Tomeo on Sep 18, 2013
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T and Dominick in suitsCiao, da bella Roma, Italia.


I am writing you from beautiful Roma, Italy. I’m here with my wonderful husband, Deacon Dominick. Yesterday we just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. Pondering on this milestone in our lives, I realize even more now how celebrating a traditional marriage of 30-years is slowly becoming something of the past.


The tide of the family and traditional marriage is spinning into a downward spiral. Now the idea of even “group marriage” is being discussed in parts of Europe. Closer to home, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader has just officiated a “same sex” wedding. Jaws are still on the floor following pop star Miley Cyrus’ gyrations performed before millions of TV viewers during this year’s MTV video awards show; an on-stage X Rated exhibition that involved another singer who also happened to be a married man and a father; Robin Thicke. Yes, it only takes a click of the TV remote or the touch of a key on our laptop or iPhone to view the latest headlines and see how traditional family values and families in general for that matter are under attack.


We have slipped to the bottom of that proverbial slippery slope and it hasn’t taken very long at all. Things are quite different than they were 30 years ago when the Vatican issued a timeless document pertaining to the family; The Charter on the Rights of the Family.” When the document was released in October of 1983 we didn’t have Miley Cyrus, or Supreme Court justices giving the thumbs up in more ways than one to all sorts of activities and actions that deviated from Godly relationships. We did have Madonna and others in the spotlight pushing the morality envelope, but who ever thought it would be pushed this far? Well the Church quite frankly. That’s why I am honored to have been asked to present at this month’s special Vatican congress, hosted by the Pontifical Council of the Family, highlighting the 30th anniversary of the Charter. I have been asked take part in panel discussions of journalists to discuss in general how the family is portrayed in the culture and lived out in our world today. The Church saw the threats that were coming and attempted to sound the alarms.


There is so much to share regarding the connection between what our culture has given us in its distorted view of family and how that actually impacts family life that when I sat down to write my talk, I didn’t know where to begin. One can only scratch the surface of this topic of course during a panel discussion, but given that the audience will be presented to religious, laity, canon lawyers, civil lawyers, judges, and others working in fields that impact the family, I hope to leave them with a sense of urgency regarding media awareness and activism as it relates to the state of the family.


In the meantime, I ask for your prayers and I would also suggest reading the actual Charter. Take some time to reflect on the key points raised by the Church in its efforts to protect the family. Think and pray about ways you can make a difference starting in your own family relationships.