Working models and relationship quality in dating couples
Now, nearly twelve years after the original work of , the cumulative pastoral experience of ministering to cohabiting couples has broadened and deepened.
This is reflected, at least partially, in the increased number of dioceses that now include a treatment of the issue within their marriage preparation policies.
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.
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.
In order to develop the second section, Committee staff collected marriage preparation policies representing 129 dioceses from around the country.
Copyright 1999 United States Catholic Conference, Inc, Washington, D. Cohabitation, in a commonly understood sense, means living together in a sexual relationship without marriage.