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Roman Catholic Marriage

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Roman Catholic Marriage There are four main aspects of Roman Catholic marriage : Marriage is a sign to the world, Marriage is permanent, Marriage is exclusive and Marriage is life-giving. To find out all the teachings of the Catholic Church on marriage we must look at bible references, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, other Church teachings and the words from the marriage ceremony. Marriage is one of seven sacraments, which are powerful signs. In free churches such as Methodist, marriage is not a sacrament and is not such a solemn event. When a couple are married, they are showing the world their love and commitment for each other. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that it reflects Jesus' love for us and the Church and that we can follow Jesus' example in our love for our partner by getting married to them and staying with them for the rest of our lives. In marriage we are asked to love each other in a permanent way and the closeness of the union should be a sign of Christ's closeness to the Church. It is an everlasting partnership and can not be broken. In Ephesians 5:23-33, St Paul says, 'For a man to love his wife is for him to love himself' This shows a man must love his wife as much as he loves himself and must be prepared to love and stand by her for the rest of their lives. They must be willing to support each other through good and bad times and they must always be there for each other. The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1638 says, 'In a Christian marriage the spouses are strengthened and, as it were, consecrated for the duties and the dignity of ...read more.

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Here they are telling of their commitment for each other, in front of family and friends, saying that they intend to be with each other till they die. In the blessing and exchange of rings, they tell their wife/husband, 'take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity.' Here the couple are declaring their love and faithfulness to each other. In 1968, Pope Paul VI aid, 'Married love if faithful and exclusive of all others, and this until death'. He is saying that marriage makes a relationship more special and important and that it should last until death. Marriage creates a special bond between two people. The Catechism of the Catholic Church para.1638, also says something similar, 'From a valid marriage arises a bond between the spouses which by its very nature is perpetual and exclusive. Children are part of the faithfulness in marriage. He who commits adultery 'compromises the good of human generation and the welfare of children who need their parent' stable union.' (Catechism of the Catholic Church para. 1640) It is important for parents to stay together, if only for the children as it is important for children to be brought up by two parents as it gives them commitment and stability, and gives them a happier childhood, where they know their parents love them. Adultery can lead to break ups. If two people get married, they have to be willing to accept children from God. Sex is a natural and essential aspect of marriage where the couple can express their love for each other. Through having children they will share the love with the child.. marriage makes us feel more alive and we have a stable and committed relationship, so it is only right to bring children into the world. ...read more.

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It is also a second chance to have children if they didn't have children in their first marriage. People may also reason that if there were children from first marriage, it would be better for them to be brought up by two happily married parents in a loving and stable environment. People may say that the Church's teaching on divorce is unfair to women who were in abusive marriages where their husbands had abused them. It would only be fair that they should be given a second chance at marriage, with a decent, loving husband and that it is right for them to be divorced from someone who treated them so badly. Having explored the various ideas concerning this topic, I disagree with the statement because I think that if there is no chance for the divorcees to get back together, they should be given a second chance if they find someone else that they sincerely love. They should be able to act on the feelings they have for that person. Just as Jesus forgave the woman who committed adultery, we should forgive divorcees. As times change the Church has to modernise itself to keep up with these changes such as the increase in divorce or it will lose out on a lot of followers. It is also better for children to have two parents bringing them up as it provides them with financial and emotional stability. It also gives the opportunity to have children if they missed out on the chance in their first marriage because, 'Children are gifts from the Lord, they are a real blessing.' (Psalm 127 Verse 3. ...read more.

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