In Defense of Family Life and Marriage

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In Defense of Family Life and Marriage


FOR centuries, we have seen the world advance in recognition of broader freedoms and fewer restrictions. We have heard that marriage is a sacred institution and that marriage between a man and a woman is the most stable condition in which to raise children. We are also aware of the secular nature of marriage which includes the rights and responsibilities that modern society uses in determining factors for a marriage contract.

Lately, however, an increasing tendency has been shown towards the destruction of these institutions. The true meaning of marriage and family life is undergoing radical interpretation and there are those who appear to lack a proper understanding of the essentially religious aspect of the agreements that go with these traditional institutions.

In an apparent reference to divorce and the infringements that have come into the present setup of family life, Pope John Paul II stated that all churches need to do more to encourage lasting marriages to support a good and normal family life and added that the secular world should not lose sight of the religious aspects of marriage. …

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