Marriage is the lifelong union of a man and a woman, establishing a new family. It is, by its very nature, designed for the procreation and raising of children. It is sacred, designed by God from the beginning and establishing in human form the sacred bond between Christ and his Bride the Church.
That is what we have a right and duty to teach in Catholic schools, youth groups and from the pulpit of every Catholic church. It is not an optional pious statement nor is it something that is subject to Government policy.
Interview: Sisters in blue, and with work to do
Joanna Bogle meets the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham
It sounded rather attractively medieval – a community of religious sisters spending an afternoon working on embroidery. But this was a definitely 21st-century scene. The young sisters at the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham belong to a generation that has not been brought up to do cross-stitch. They are more at home with computers and mobile phones than with making church kneelers. So they had invited an older lady to come and teach them the basics – and the result, it is planned, will be hand-stitched blue-and-white kneelers for their new chapel, set beneath the rafters of their new convent in a converted barn in Dereham, Norfolk.
The Catholic Church and Marriage
In the 2018 Catholic Young Writer Award, sponsored by the Catholic Union Charitable Trust, pupils at Catholic secondary schools in Britain were invited to write a letter to a friend who had asked about the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage, and what happens at a Catholic marriage ceremony. They were asked to make reference to the Scriptures and to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The winning entry, gaining the coveted Young Writer trophy and a selection of books, was Cara Treacy of Sacred Heart of Mary School, Upminster, Essex. We publish the main part of her essay here. We do not pretend that this essay offers profound theological insights, but it shows that a young Catholic can grasp the essentials of the Church’s teaching in this area and write on the subject with enthusiasm.