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Marriage

Marriage is an institution ordained by God, and a basic building block of decent societies. Uniting man and woman in permanent bonds of love, marriage models the relationship between Christ and his bride, the Church, while furnishing a stable environment for the rearing of children. Liberalized patterns of pre-marital sex and cohabitation, the relaxing of restrictions on divorce, and growing pressures for the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships have drastically altered both the conception and lived reality of marriage over the past several decades. Even among many Christians, an essentially contractual view of marriage now prevails over a more covenantal understanding of the institution.

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  • A Bit Of Religion Can Be Bad For Marriage
    Attending church regularly during young adulthood appears to significantly decrease the risk of divorce, even for early marriages. (The Federalist)
  • Church bells helped destroy Rhode Island man’s marriage: suit
    Narragansett resident John Devaney claims the bell of St. Thomas More Catholic Parish bashes back and forth at least 700 times a week across the street from his seaside home. The 64-year-old says its constant toll was a direct contributor to his failed marriage and mental well-being. (New York Daily News)

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