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KEY WORDS

Adultery - A married person having a sexual relationship with someone to whom they
are not married

Annulment - A declaration that marriage was never a proper marriage in the eyes of
the Church because one of the partners was not fully committed to…

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Chastity - abstaining from sexual activity because of religious vows e.g. a nun or a
monk

Unchastity ­ sex outside marriage.

Cohabitation - to live together without being formally married

Fornication - sexual activity between two adults who are not married to each other

Abortifacient -…

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ROLES OF MEN AND WOMEN IN THE FAMILY

Fundamentalist Views

Women are weaker than men and men are the stronger and more important partner.
They are the homemakers, looking after the children and supporting the man in his
role as provider for the family.

Biblical References…

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ROLES OF MEN AND WOMEN IN THE CHURCH

Roman Catholic Church

Roman Catholics do not allow female priests. However, this is not saying that women
are inferior, more that this is not their role.

Biblical References

All Jesus' disciples were men so he did not want…

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MARRIAGE CEREMONIES AND HOW THEY REFLECT CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES

Christian Purposes of marriage

Mutual love and support between a man and woman for their lifetimes

To enjoy sexual relations in the context of an exclusive married relationship

To bring up children in a secure and loving environment…

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CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS

Definition

A civil registration that gives same-sex partners rights and responsibilities similar to
marriage (e.g. property rights, social security and pension benefits, parental rights)


Roman Catholic Church and Church of England

Both these churches are against civil partnerships. They believe marriage is the proper…

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DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

Roman Catholic Church

Roman Catholics are against divorce as they believe that marriage is a sacrament and
cannot be dissolved. However, it encourages couples who feel that their marriage has
broken down to seek an annulment (as if the marriage never took place)…

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SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS

Pre-marital sex

Takes place between two people who aren't married
Can be between two people who are in a steady relationship
Can be casual sex (2 people who hardly know each other)

Extra marital sex [Adultery]

This is a sin!
It has become more…

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CONTRACEPTION

Artificial Methods of Contraception

Condom
Contraceptive pill
Sterilisation

Natural Methods of Contraception

Rhythm Method


Roman Catholic Church

Only allow natural methods of contraception. It is seen as family planning rather then
preventing new life. The Roman Catholic Church is the only Christian denomination
that is…

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