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Marriage and Family Life

We support and defend the institution of marriage as the basic foundation of society. We advocate for tax, workplace, welfare and divorce policies that enhance family unity. We support the fundamental rights of parents, and advocate for children’s well-being.

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November 29, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Marriage Prep

The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, in accord with the prescriptions of Canon 1067 and with due regard for Canon 1068, hereby decrees that the following norms shall be observed in preparation of a couple for marriage:

  1. The couple should receive appropriate education and pastoral preparation through participation in a marriage preparation program approved by the diocesan bishop;

  2. Parties should be questioned as to their freedom to marry;

  3. Baptized Catholics should present a recently issued annotated baptismal certificate;

November 29, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Marriage Prep

Some (Arch)dioceses have links on their website directly to marriage preparation guidelines and some offer various guidelines through their family life ministries or catechetical offices.

November 29, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Resources and Surveys

Monsignor Jeremiah McCarthy

Father McCarthy, professor of moral theology and academic liaison officer at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, has served as director of accreditation for the Association of Theological Schools, President of St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and ethics consultant for the California Catholic Conference.  His 2001 article on human sexuality deals with the elements of the Catholic moral vision.

November 29, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Family Life

Catholic Marriage Preparation, Inc. (CMP) is dedicated to the building of strong Catholic marriages.  With God being the source and foundation of marriage, it is foremost a spiritual journey.  CMP is deeply rooted in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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