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Keynote speaker Helen Alvare speaks Sept. 24 at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Alvare, a law professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., who  spoke on the topic "Creating the Future: the Fertility of Christian Love," is an expert on marriage and life issues. (CNS photo/Sarah Webb, See ALVARE-MARRIAGE Oct. 7, 2015.

Catholic feminist sees beauty of marriage and pitfalls of ‘gospel of me’

October 7, 2015 PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Helen Alvare is a law professor at George Mason University, a consultant to the Vatican and the U.S. bishops about marriage and life issues, and has been a recognized defender of Catholic teaching on marriage and the family for many years. She also is a wife and mother. But…

Pope Francis greets a baby during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 7. The pope said that when families mirror God's love for all, they teach the church how it should relate to all people. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-NETS Oct. 7, 2015.

Church and society must learn from families, pope says at audience

October 7, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Society and the church have much to learn from the family and, in fact, the bond between the church and the family is “indissoluble,” Pope Francis said. Families bring needed values and a humanizing spirit to society and, when they mirror God’s love for all, they teach the…

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