Christian Marriage

Christian Marriage is the centrepiece of  Family Life Education programs in Catholic schools.  The resources below will help provide further information on issues related to Christian Marriage.

Second Vatican Council

See Vatican II’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes), section entitled “Fostering the Nobility of Marriage and the Family,” scroll down to numbers 47-52 in the document.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Catechism of the Catholic Church:  THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

Canadian Bishops

Summary of the Factum Filed on the Marriage Reference in the Supreme Court of Canada by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) Marriage File Site
Bishop Fred Henry:   Message on Marriage (DVD) . Crossroads Ministry, 2005.  A clear, informative and compelling presentation on Christian Marriage which addresses the errors of proposed same-sex marriage legislation. Followed by taped interview of Bishop Henry by Michael Coren. VHS/DVD 2+ hours.  Available for loan through Religious and Family Life Education Office (613 432-9112).

Ontario Bishops

ACBO Celebrate Marriage Page of Resources on Christian Marriage
IN MARRIAGE, COMMON GOOD OUTWEIGHS RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS.
Statement by Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Halifax and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Yarmouth.  Posted at website of CCCB’s Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF).

U.S. Bishops

Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
For Your Marriage.org  An Initiative of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Lots of info on Christian Marriage at all stages ~ from dating to golden years.

Catholic Update

Preparing For Marriage. 10 Tools for the Journey by William Urbine. Catholic Update June, 2006
10 practical guidelines to help persons preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage to make sound decisions for a lasting and fruitful life together as spouses.
Bringing Your Marriage Into the Church by Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin. Catholic Update June, 2004.
Discusses the steps required for a Catholic couple to have their civil marriage convalidated (blessed) in the Catholic Church.

Additional Resources

Focus on the Family’s Marriage Resource Page
What About the Children? Same-Sex Marriage Speaking Notes by Dr. Margaret Somerville for her address to Ontario Justice Education Network Great Debate 2004. Dr. Somerville places the rights of children squarely at the centre of the same-sex marriage debate. A useful paper for grade 12 Philosophy and 12 Religious Education (Contact T. Cosentino for hard copy)
Mary Shivanandan Home Page
Very helpful links to articles and books on Christian Marriage, particularly within the theological anthropology of John Paul II.
Sex, God and Marriage
Free e-book on Christian marriage with study guide by Johann Christoph Arnold; foreword by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Rev. Arnold is Senior Elder with the Bruderhof Amish Community in New York State.
20 Tips for Christian Courtship
Brochure by Catholic author Carmen Marcoux. Useful resource for teens and those discussing dating, courtship and chastity with them.
Marriage, Same-Sex Relationships and the Catholic Church
(ByMost Rev Thomas Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, Illinois. Detailed, and sometimes heavy-going presentation of Catholic Church teaching on Marriage. From catholiceducation.org)

Chastity Resources

We have a number of chastity resources which are geared toward senior elementary and secondary level students.  Please don’t hesitate to call if you’re looking for resources.  Authors include:
Jason Evert
Mary Beth Bonacci
Pam Stencell