THE YOUTH AND MARRIAGE IN THE CHURCH
BEING A TALK DELIVERED
YAYI TIMOTHY OPEYEMI
B.A. (ED), MTRCN, M.ED IN VIEW
IN A TALENT HUNT PROGRAMME
ST. JOSPEH CATHOLIC CHURCH, RANDA, OGBOMOSO
13TH OF DECEMBER, 2014
No doubt, marriage years past and even in our contemporary society have been a means of procreation. This view many people held without having a good mastery of what marriage institution means. On the contrary Catholic view has vehemently negated this erroneous view. Many definitions have been adduced for marriage and youth respectively. Cara (2007) opined that marriage is a vocation which contributes to common good of the society. He further opined that the Sacrament of marriage extends beyond the wedding day. It could be alluded to that most marriages today are crashing drastically. In response the Holy Father outlined the roots of the contemporary crisis of marriage and the family to the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota on March 9 (EWTN NEWS/CAN 03/09/2012 Shutterstock).
In an address that tackled attempts to redefine marriage, Pope Benedict XVI challenged the bishops of the United States to teach young people an authentic, Catholic vision of sex and love. “The richness of this vision is more sound and appealing than the permissive ideologies exalted in some quarters; these, in fact, constitute a powerful and destructive form of countercatechesis for the young,” he said March 9. “Young people need to encounter the Church‟s teaching in its integrity, challenging and countercultural as that teaching may be,” he told the bishops. Children must see this vision “embodied by faithful married couples who bear convincing witness to its truth,” but the wider Church also has to give them support “as they struggle to make wise choices at a difficult and confusing time in their lives,” the Pope said. The Pope focused his audience remarks on outlining the roots of the “contemporary crisis of marriage and the family.”
This crisis is evident, he said, in the “weakened appreciation of the indissolubility of the marriage covenant” and the widespread rejection of a “responsible, mature sexual ethic grounded in the practice of chastity.” He noted that these decisions have led to “grave societal problems bearing an immense human and economic cost.”The Pope dealt first with the threat posed by attempts to legally redefine marriage. One crystal clear example that is not far -fetched is the example of Nigeria. Spirited and concerted efforts have been made by Nigerians in diaspora to legalize gay marriage. All thanks to God and the relentless prayers offered by God‟s people. The
Pope recognized that drive to redefine marriage was being pushed by “powerful political and cultural currents,” which require a “conscientious effort to resist this pressure. ”This has to be done, he said, with a “reasoned defense of marriage as a natural institution,” consisting of “a specific communion of persons, essentially rooted in the complementarity of the sexes and oriented to procreation. ”Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage,” he said. This is why defending the institution of marriage is “ultimately a question of justice,” since it “entails safeguarding the good of the entire human community and the rights of parents and children alike,” said the Pope. He then addressed how the Christian vision of sex and love is taught to the young. He said the bishops must “acknowledge deficiencies in the catechesis of recent decades.” This inadequate teaching has often failed to communicate “the rich heritage of Catholic teaching on marriage as a natural institution elevated by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament,” as well as the “vocation of Christian spouses in society and in the Church and the practice of marital chastity. ”He called for better instruction of both the young and those preparing for marriage with programs based upon the Catechism of the Catholic...
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