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The End of Catholic Marriage: The latest from Ross Douthat of the NYT.

The End of Catholic Marriage - The New York Times


  1. " "I, ______, take you, ______, to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life."

    The Catholic marriage ceremony and that of many other denominations and religions focuses on the support two spouses have for each other. They are two people who have promised publicly to support and love the other person in good times and in bad. There is no talk of sex despite its importance to the theologians and indeed one thing one learns from being married is that sex is good but loving someone and committing to someone is much better.

    Indeed if you took the theologians at their word a couple who separated and then moved on to a subsequent relationships where the new partners lived their vows of supporting the new partner as above but didn't engage in sex would be okay. The theologians need to tone down the sexual obsession and realize that marriages are 95% (or so) non sexual and 5% sexual (or so).


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