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What do the marriage vows demand from a Catholic couple, living out their marriage?

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In this piece of coursework I will first look at the marriage vows and explain the demands of these vows for a Catholic couple that are living out there lives together. Then I will move onto the three specific aspects of marriage and the teachings and opinions of the Catholic Church on them. These three key issues are: * Sex outside of marriage * Responsible parenthood, * Divorce Then in my final part of the coursework I will look at how the sacraments of marriage highlight the 3 aspects above. To assist me in my coursework I will be referring to the Book 'New Testament And Psalms' given to us by the Gideons in year seven. Marriage is one of seven sacraments given to us by God, they are all meant to help strengthen the bond between God and mankind. "A sacrament is an outward sign of the inward grace we receive. They bring us closer to God." Sacraments are signs, one must appreciate that there are certain things we must accept through faith like God and his relationship with us. Through the sacraments we deepen our relationship with God. Now I have opened up the coursework I will write out the marriage vows and look in detail at what they involve. A vow is a promise and a promise is there to be kept. If we break a promise then we usually betray someone who puts his or her trust in us, In this case it would be God who we would betray if we broke up our marriage. The marriage vows are as follows: "I (name) do take thee (name) to be my lawful husband/wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us apart." At the actual exchange of vows is the point where the sacrament takes place. ...read more.


It is wrong for a couple to have a baby in order to try and save a marriage, a baby should be brought up in a loving and stable environment. A quote from Paul VI: [It is the duty of the parents to make sure that their desire for a child is not motivated by selfishness but is in conformity and generously appropriate to responsible parenthood] The Catholic Church rejects all forms of artificial contraception, because they interfere with the natural process of contraception. This means that sexual intercourse is not open to the possibility of children, which goes against the marriage vows and breaks the sacrament: "Will you accept children freely from God" Artificial contraception could also be used without the other partner's knowledge therefore denying him/her the chance of a baby. Some forms of artificial contraception are in fact killers. They can lead to the termination of the foetus inside the woman's womb. Condoms are preventatives, which remove the possibility of the woman conceiving. On the other hand the morning after pill stops the fertilized egg from attaching itself to the womb. Therefore they are killing the child, Catholics believe that life begins at conception, so when they take the pill they are committing a sin and breaking one of the Ten Commandments. I will now look at the second aspect of my coursework: Responsible parenthood. In this section I explain the teachings of the church on how they teach to avoid having a baby without the assistance of contraception. The couple as stated should always be prepared for a baby if they are having sex and they should not have sex if they could not cope with a child. A baby should be born into a loving relationship and should not be motivated by an unruly cause, such as selfishness. The church teaches responsible parenthood. By using the natural contraception, this is called the Rhythm method. ...read more.


The exchange of vows follows, these are like a code of conduct, which shows how a couple, should live out their marriage. This part of the ceremony involves the exchange of Gold rings. At this exchange the couple are blessed "May the Lord bless these rings which you give to each other as a sign of your love and fidelity". The Gold rings have a two-fold meaning explained earlier in my coursework. The nuptial blessing is quite long and emphasises how God will support a couple in their marriage, if they allow him to. It also highlights two important ideas: 1. The love of the husband and wife for each other reflects Gods love. 2. Marriage is based on faith on trust and Commitment. After this blessing the couple sign the marriage register which legalizes their marriage in the eyes of the state. This short input shows in a Catholic wedding the legal part is of little significance in the overall event. The sacrament part is the most important and the couple are in fact married when the vows are exchanged. In this part of my coursework I will conclude the topic of marriage and what the vows demand on that couple that have chosen to live out their lives together. I have explained the vows and what they men to the couple in the eyes of God and the Countries law. We should know that Divorce is only accepted in the countries law and not in the eyes of God. I have discussed the teachings of the church in depth on the three major issues: * Sexual relationships outside of marriage * Responsible parenthood * Divorce Hopefully I have explained enough to make you understand the implications that a Catholic couple that are getting married in a Catholic Church have to deal with, not just in the distant future but for the rest of their lives. I also considered how the marriage ceremony highlights the three key issues listed above. Paul Naylor 11:34 RE Coursework 1 ...read more.

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