Church restrictions on dating and marriage

Therefore, attempting to redefine marriage to include such relationships empties the term of its meaning, for it excludes the essential complementarity between man and woman, treating sexual difference as if it were irrelevant to what marriage is.” Male-female complementarity is intrinsic to marriage.It is naturally ordered toward authentic union and the generation of new life.At the same time, they may think that they are doing nothing harmful to their marriages.

The human person is a union of body and soul as a single being.Man and woman are two different ways of being a human person.” “Marriage is a unique communion of persons.Also, it results in many other negative consequences, both personal and social.” happens, human life itself is degraded because it becomes, more and more, something produced or manufactured in various ways, ways that will only multiply as science advances.Children begin to be seen less as gifts received in a personal communion of mutual self-giving, and increasingly as a lifestyle choice, a commodity to which all consumers are entitled.” “[Finally], living according to God‘s design for love and life does not mean that married couples cannot plan their families.A man and a woman who by their act of consent are no longer two but one flesh (see Mt 19:6ff.) render mutual help and service to each other through an intimate union of their persons and of their actions.” “It is the nature of love to overflow, to be life-giving.

Thus, it is no surprise that marriage is ordained not only to growing in love but to transmitting life.‘By its very nature the institution of marriage and married love [is] ordered to the procreation and education of the offspring and it is in them that it finds its crowning glory’” (Gaudium et Spes).“Even when their child-bearing years have passed, a couple should continue to be life- affirming.This means that the human body by its very nature signifies that we humans are directed to relationship—that we are to seek union with others.It is only in relationship that we achieve a true wholeness as a communion of persons.” “God established marriage so that man and woman could participate in his love and thus selflessly give themselves to each other in love.In order to enable the couple to carry out the proper preparation, we require a six to twelve month period prior to the wedding.