Marriage - Pastoral

The Vocation of Marriage

The Vocation of Marriage Faith, vol, 43, no. 4 (2011), pp. 6-9
Marriage is a vocation; it is the vocation to which the vast majority of people are called. It has two clear purposes or, as the Catechism says, a "twofold end...: the good of the spouses themselves and the transmission of life" (n. 2363). It is a call both to faithful love and to fruitful love.
1. The first purpose is that spouses grow together in goodness, and in that openness to goodness which prepares them for heaven. This means specifically that they are meant to grow in loving God (the first commandment) by means of growing in love for each other throughout their lifetime.

The De-humanization of marital sex

The De-humanization of marital sex (Faith (2011), pp. 11-15)

1. Humanae Vitae initiated a new analysis of the conjugal act

Humanae vitae, Paul VI's 1968 Encyclical is principally recalled as reiterating the Church's perennial condemnation of artificial birth-control. But it is much more than that. It opened up the way for a deeper human understanding of what, in sexual intercourse between husband and wife, justifies its being termed the conjugal act.

Marriage, Annulment, and the Quest for Lasting Commitment (Catholic World Report, Jan. 1996, pp. 54-61)

            I have been asked to reply to an article written under the pseudonym of Polonaise in the June issue of the Catholic World Report. Anonymous writings do not appeal to me, since I feel that each one should have the courage of his or her convictions. So, while Polonaise involves me in his animadversions, I would probably have let that pass, also because it is never pleasant or easy to answer a critic who has not understood the position he criticizes. But since he also misrepresents the teaching of the magisterium (partly by ignoring it), I think your readers are entitled to some comments which hopefully can clarify some important points.

La Natura Pastorale delle Leggi Ecclesiastiche (Studi Cattolici (324) 1988, pp. 83-87)

La Natura Pastorale delle Leggi Ecclesiastiche (Studi Cattolici (324) 1988, pp. 83-87)
[In taluni ambienti cattolici è radicata la tesi secondo cui l'azione pastorale non tollererebbe leggi ne strutture istituzionali, lesive, per l'astrattezza e la generalità della dogmatica giuridica, di quel principio personalistico che così peculiarmente, connota l'insegnamento del Concilio Vaticano II. Alla luce dei documenti conciliari e con frequenti riferimenti al nuovo Codice di diritto canonico Cormac Burke, uditore della Sacra Rota, sviluppa una puntuale confutazione della suddetta posizione concettuale, troppo disinvoltamente incline a enfatizzare la spontaneità e la sperimentazione nell'attività pastorale, e mostra come nella vita della Chiesa le istituzioni e le norme abbiano l'eminente funzione di servire e proteggere la persona, aiutandola a far crescere ogni giorno di più la propria vocazione cristiana]

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