During this time they can be given the spiritual foundation that helps them to make informed, faith-filled and life-giving choices throughout their lives.With this foundation, it can be hoped that couples will choose not to cohabit before marriage.These include difficult economic, cultural or religious situations, extreme ignorance or poverty, and a certain psychological immaturity that makes couples afraid to enter into a permanent union.
In both sections of the paper the Committee has chosen a question-and-answer format in order to organize the material in a concise manner. Barbara Markey, ND, Ph D, Director of the Family Life Office in the Archdiocese of Omaha, for helping to compile and edit the first section.
In order to develop the second section, Committee staff collected marriage preparation policies representing 129 dioceses from around the country.
In developing these suggestions we join with many dioceses in turning to free unions, i.e., those unions without any publicly recognized institutional bond, are an increasing concern.
He recognizes that various factors can lead a couple into a free union.
It is intended as a resource paper, offering a compilation of resources and a reflection of the present "state of the question" regarding certain issues of cohabitation. Couples may engage in sexual intercourse without living together; other couples may share the same residence but not live in a sexual relationship.
In this way, it wishes to help: (p.71), the Committee acknowledges a distinction between sexual activity outside of marriage and cohabitation. The focus of this paper, however, is on cohabitation understood as both having a sexual relationship and living together in the same residence.
Copyright 1999 United States Catholic Conference, Inc, Washington, D. Cohabitation, in a commonly understood sense, means living together in a sexual relationship without marriage.
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Fellhauer, chairman of the Committee on Canonical Affairs reviewed and recommended changes in the text. Empirical Information About Cohabitation and Marriage Those couples who are in a cohabiting relationship and who come to the Church for marriage preparation represent only a percentage of the total cohabiting population.