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  1. Divorce - a formal and legal ending of a marriage

    Another reason would be false hopes this is when people get the wrong picture of married life and decide that they do not want to live that life. Human nature is a major factor as many people change in weather it be their action's or feeling's over a space of time people change, and the most common reason is children, many couples will break up if they can not support a child so they are pressured to break up.

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  2. Describe a catholic wedding ceremony and the ideals expressed within it.

    Life giving refers to the fact that marriage should produce children to show the couples love for each other and love for god. Christian love is two things. One of them is loving God and Jesus. The other one is loving everybody in the world in the same way you love yourself. The wedding ceremony starts by the priest welcoming the bride and groom on their special day. Then the congregation are welcomed and asked to join in in the ceremony.

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  3. Lone Parenthood.

    Homes and marriages may be broken in 'empty shell' marriages, where the martial relationship has broken down, but no divorce has taken place for the sake of the children because people thought it was better to stay together rather than separate. Separation happens either through choice or necessity may also be a cause for causing broken homes, as may death of a partner. However, divorce itself is often only the result of a marriage, which has broken down long before.

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  4. Does the film 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' give a false impression of Christianity or an accurate picture?

    Carrie and Charles get drunk and have sex again, after discussing how many sexual partners they had each had, Charles discovers that Carrie had 33! The third wedding that takes place is between Carrie and Hamish. Charles and his friends again discuss the purpose of marriage. One of them says 'Isn't it something to do with true love?' which is ironic as he happens to be gay so cannot have a Christian wedding. Gareth, his partner, then tells them all that they must go out and find their true love. Later in the reception, he dies of a heart attack.

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  5. The roles of men and women within the Christian family.

    The bible gives another example of women being worse than men, with that of Eve being tempted by the snake in the Garden of Eden, indicating that she was the worse person. This story shows that women are 'weaker than men' and should not have the responsibilities men have. The bible gives one more expressive view on the matter, in Peter 3:1 where it says 'Wives...be submissive to your husbands', meaning that they should do what the man says, or generally let him be the boss.

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  6. Why are marriage rates declining?

    > Unmarried couples have lower levels of happiness and well-being than married couples. Young couples prefer to cohabitate because if things don't work out they don't have to seek legal or religious permission to dissolve their union. Changes in women's roles: three quarters of divorces are started by wives, which means that women are becoming more economically independent, and they don't always rely on their spouse, as they are sometimes the 'breadwinners' of the household. Women's expectations from the marriage are also increasing. Goode argues that historically marriage, was not based on love but was for economic support, with lower expectations regarding companionship.

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  7. Explain how the teachings of both Jesus and St. Paul might influence the moral behaviour, attitudes and lifestyles of Catholics today.

    However he insists that people should not judge others. As he sends the women away, we could suggest that she may have returned to her husband, and that she has to make her marriage work. Jesus is saying that the way to solve marriage problems is through trust, honesty and openness, but above all through the preparedness to forgive. As he said in the Our Father, "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." He also insists that the people cannot judge her as they have most likely committed adultery themselves in their heart.

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  8. 'For Christians sex is only right within marriage" Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have thought about more than one point of view.

    Everything is telling us that light sex is acceptable, a normal part of life, and something we must experience. On television, in films, magazines, books, everywhere, we are being told that sex is great and that no relationship is complete until you've slept with a person. This is a reflection of society's declining moral standards as more and more is becoming acceptable, and people can no longer be shamed for anything. People take on the attitude that you only live once, and you should make the most of it, caring for yourself and no one else. In our world today, self-discipline is important in not accepting these false impressions-this sex for all attitude is not a reality for most people.

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  9. Is the Family Changing In Contemporary British Society?

    All this evidence shows that there is no question that the structure of the family unite is changing. Divorce is on the increase but crime and social degradation has not set in as had been predicted by several well known sociologists. So even though the structure of the family unite is no longer that which it once was, the job that it once did is still being done by the new style family unites. This breakdown of the ideal of the family unite has created three new family unites.

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  10. Explain in detail, the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church about The sacrament of marriage.

    Hosea emphasised that marriage was a symbol of Gods covenantal love. He said "show your love for a woman who is committing adultery with a lover". He is trying to say that we should be able to forgive if we have sinned against one another. The love between two people should help their marriage survive through a crisis. The Catholic Church believes it is unacceptable for two people to divorce as this is emphasised in the New Testament although it does conflict with Moses' teachings who said that divorce was acceptable.

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  11. Explain the Muslim attitudes to marriage and family life, outlining the roles of both husband and wife in the marriage.

    Sometimes the woman in a household is more intelligent or organised or practical than the man, so he will quite sensibly leave most matters to her but in Islam he is still responsible for her. A Muslim mother is expected to take responsibilities for: * Food for the hungry * Refuge for the weary * Hospitality for the guests * Comfort for the distressed * Peace for the troubled * Hope for the insecure * Encouragement for the weak The Muslim father is expected to provide the mains whereby all this can actually be achieved to protect the home and the make to the mother's role possible.

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  12. "Explain how the rituals and vows connected with Christian marriage ceremonies might influence the differing ways that couples approach marriage and divorce."

    and it is not to be undertaken lightly. The bride's father is given the honour of escorting the bride down the aisle to the vicar/minister/registrar and the groom; this is called "giving away" the bride. The Bride will most commonly where a white dress to signify purity. Although this tradition is continues today the significance is mostly gone. The Bride just thinks I have to have a white wedding dress, she just believes she has too most of the time. During the marriage ceremony vows are said to seal the marriage in the eyes of the people there (the congregation).

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  13. Examine the reasons for changes in the patterns of marriage, cohabitation and divorce in the last 30 years.

    Cohabitation is becoming increasingly popular, where a couple live together without being legally married. 25% of unmarried women aged 18-49 were cohabiting in 1996/7 compared with 12.5% in 1981. Joan Chandler (1993) says that the increase in cohabitation shows that people are choosing it as a long-term alternative to marriage. This is shown by the large number of births outside marriage to stable cohabiting couples (70%), couples may no longer feel the need to legitimise pregnancy by getting married. This evidence worries the New Right, who believe that the amount of births outside marriage poses a threat to the family.

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  14. Does the community have an interest in whether a marriage should be preserved or dissolved and, if so, why?

    As a female, which 'she' believed caused her to be discriminated against, 'she' was refused the opportunity to portray herself as a female on her birth certificate. She claimed this was a breach of Article 8: Right to respect of ones private life. Since she was denied the right to marry a male person, she also contended that Article 12 was breached. The domestic court stated that a 4(i) Fair balance had to be struck between the right of the individual and the interests of the community (ii)

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  15. Divorce is an epidemic that draws no boundaries between any particular race, ethnicity, or class.

    Although we may not be able to completely abolish the pains and stresses of divorce, we can strive towards minimizing and preventing these awkward affects. As stated above, it is a chilling statistic that each year over one million children (Lengua et al), half of which are under the age of eighteen, are directly affected by the legal separation of their parents (Amato). This needless pain and devastating affects that children suffer through caused by the separation is evident in a study conducted on 11,409 British children born after the year 1958.

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  16. Divorce-Practice Questions.

    Therefore it isn't presently increasing. The figure may not appear very high until it is compared with the marriage rate. The statistics show that as divorce has steadied, the decline in first marriages has increased. The lower divorce rate now may be because of the lower marriage rate. If people aren't getting married they can't get divorced. According to Joan Chandler, "if trends continue, approximately 40% of marriages presently being formed will end in divorce." The proportion of marriages that are remarriages has also been rising.

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  17. In this coursework I will try to explain and discuss the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church on marriage. I will discuss and apply the way a couple use this teaching in their everyday lives.

    Marriage sets an example to society and is to not be taken lightly. Marriage is so important that the Church sees it as a Sacrament. It is essential that a couple go into Marriage knowing what it will entail, the couple are made aware of these responsibilities when they make their Wedding vows, which are the actual Sacrament, "For richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part," This means that Marriage is permanent this means that once your married you must stay with the one you marry, even when times are rough.

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  18. Explain how in the course of their marriage a Christian couple would apply their beliefs.

    Roman Catholics believe that you should learn to respect your partner and learn to compromise. They believe that it is of utmost importance to be able to listen to, forgive and love your partner unconditionally. They are aware that they are building a relationship and not destroying one. Because Catholics are not allowed to divorce except for serious circumstances such as adultery, they must visit a priest for six months prior to the marriage ceremony.

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  19. Divorce is probably one of the leading reasons for the break down of the family.

    A better way of measuring divorce is a divorce rate. This is usually expressed either as the number of divorces per thousand people married or as the number of divorces per thousand marriages in a year. I n both cases the figures provide an estimate of the prevalence of divorce in relation to marriages. Trends in divorce While divorce has increased during this century, it has not increased at a steady rate. For example, there was a marked peak immediately after 1945.

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  20. For Roman Catholics sex is only right within marriage - Do you agree/disagree?

    The Orthodox and Church of England also believe that sex should only be performed in a marital relationship. The Roman Catholic Church believes that in sex outside marriage there is a risk of conceiving children without a stable environment to support and bring them up in. If children are conceived outside marriage then the couple could feel forced to enter into a marital relationship, which they may not be comfortable in and could therefore lead to marriage problems and divorce later on in life.

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  21. The Ethics of Marriage and Divorce.

    The bride and groom will then make promises to each other, called the Wedding Vows. Rituals and symbolism that reflect purity, the white wedding dress worn by the bride; the desire for fertility, the sprinkling of rice and confetti over the bride and groom; and the exchanging of rings, the never ending circle of unity between the bride, groom and God, usually take place. The Wedding Vows are repeated by the bride and groom during the ceremony. They are similar throughout most denominations, although the vows used in the Alternative Service Book of the Church of England are considered unanimous.

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  22. The sanctity of marriage means that it is spiritual and sacred.

    The vows are in place to help emphasize the commitment they are vowing to show to each other. They could also in my opinion help to hold marriages together, not only on the day of saying them to secure your marriage, but in later times to come. If you find your marriage becoming difficult you can just remember the vows you and your partner took and try to stay strong and committed, as you were the day you said them.

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  23. Marriages are an outdated institution.

    They just want to be free and roam about to do what ever they want to do when ever they want to do it instead of having someone stopping them or getting in the way of their independent life. Another reason why marriages are so out of fashion is because young people don't want to wait till they get married to have sex with the person they are going with. Sex is supposed to be special and with someone you truly love and trust and not with anyone that's up for it.

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  24. Is Divorce Right or Wrong?

    Despite the rise in divorce and its social acceptance in modern society it is still a personal tragedy. Reasons for divorce There are many reasons why a couple may choose to get divorced :money problems and unemployment ; their spouse has changed ; they are being taken advantage of ; and change in sexual orientation. The couple may also have found fault with each other or just realised how little they thought about getting married in the first place. The law Divorce in the UK used to be only obtainable for reasons of adultery until 1923 when a long string of law changes surrounding divorce began.

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  25. Discuss whether the concept of family life cycle has relevance today. Justify your reasons.

    Then there is the Expanding Stage where many parents have their kids and during their growth they divorce or even sometimes are unable to care for the child and it either gets taken off them or lives with a relative. Then last of all there is the Contracting Stage where many families also after all is done with the kids they divorce, or a spouse gets to sick and dies or even put into a nursing home. So the concept of family life cycle these today really has no relevance.

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