(NCCB/USCC, Fall 1999), a directory of available materials that follow Catholic teaching, can be a helpful resource.
The high school years, in particular, can be a prime time for dealing with these issues, when dating, and the desire to date, are foremost in the minds of adolescents.
In this present resource paper the NCCB Committee on Marriage and Family builds upon the foundation provided by This paper is neither an official statement of the Committee on Marriage and Family nor of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
It does not offer formal recommendations for action.
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.
They are faced with the dilemma of addressing a situation that is contrary to our moral principles while attempting to validate and sanctify the relationship of the couple through the Sacrament of Marriage (Archdiocese of Miami, We offer the following pastoral suggestions to priests, deacons, and pastoral ministers who prepare couples for marriage.
They are intended to provide general guidance only, since each couple's pastoral needs and circumstances are unique., #81), Pope John Paul II strongly urges that young people be educated about chastity, fidelity, and the meaning of marriage as a sacrament.Religious education, parish based catechetical programs, and chastity curricula in elementary schools are all part of this effort.It is also an extremely perplexing issue for priests, deacons, and lay pastoral ministers who help couples prepare for marriage in the Church.In 1988 the NCCB Committee on Pastoral Practices published discussed (pp.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.