Children & Marriage


It is always good to be reminded of the teachings of the Catholic Church especially regarding marriage and children.    The  teachings on the indissolubility of marriage is vital if we are to produce stable relationships for the future.  So often we hear about the many reasons why people we know have a break down of their marriage which is extremely sad.  However if we read and listen to the teachings on the sacrament of marriage perhaps these break downs could have been avoided? 

The same applies to the openess of children which is intrinsically connected to the use of natural family planning where couples are encouraged to be open to God’s plan as to how many children they will welcome to their family.  This beautiful teaching in it’s entirety has to be proclaimed if we are ever to persuade the faithful that having  many children is to be welcomed and is a blessing rather than a curse as our society would have you believe.

Below is a post from John Smeaton’s blog which reproduces a little of the latest offering from Cardinal Muller on these subjects.

Openness to children and marriage go together, says Catholic Church’s doctrinal prefect


Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has written a major article in L’Osservatore Romano on the subject of the pastoral care of Catholics who have divorced and remarried. Among other things, Archbishop Müller said:

“Today’s mentality is largely opposed to the Christian understanding of marriage, with regard to its indissolubility and its openness to children,” said Archbishop Gerhard Müller, writing in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. “Because many Christians are influenced by this, marriages nowadays are probably invalid more often than they were previously, because there is a lack of desire for marriage in accordance with Catholic teaching, and there is too little socialization within an environment of faith.”

Anthony Ozimic, SPUC’s communications manager, told

“Archbishop Müller’s article gives a lucid, robust and precise account of why the Catholic Church cannot bow to liberal pressures to weaken its discipline regarding marriage. We are particularly grateful to read the archbishop’s clear statement linking openness to children to the validity of marriage. As Pope Francis made clear in his first enyclical Lumen Fidei, the life-bearing potential of heterosexuality is a prerequisite of marriage. Abortion, contraception, sterilisation and same-sex relationships are all therefore incompatible with marriage. This message must be made clear to legislators and policy-makers who claim to support marriage but at the same time support practices which are closed to the gift of life.”

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