Roman Catholic views on divorce
The Roman Catholic Church states that it is impossible to divorce.
Marriage is a sacrament - God has made the couple into one flesh, and this cannot be undone.
However a marriage can be annulled - annulment means that marriage was never true in the first place.
Annulment can happen if:
i) either partner did not consent to the marriage or didn't understand what marriage is about
ii) the couple didn't or couldn't have sex, or one partner refused to have children
C of E and Nonconformist Churches views on divorce
Nonconformist Churches ( e.g. Baptists and Methodists) will generally remarry divorcees.
However an individual minister can refuse to do so if this goes against their conscience.
C of E
The Church of England says that divorce is acceptable.
Divorced people can only remarry in church if they can find a minister willing to marry them.
Quotes associated with divorce
Jesus talked about divorce in the Gospels. Jesus was anti-divorce, but pro-forgiveness.
1) In Mark 10:2-12 Jesus says that Mosses allowed divorce because of people's 'hardness of heart'. But he says that at the Creation of mankind marriages were meant to last for life, and if a divorcee remarries it's the same as adultery.
2) Matthew 5:31-32 and 19:8-9 say the same thing - except that divorce is permitted to someone whose partner has already been unfaithful.
3) In John 8:1-11 Jesus freely forgives a woman caught in the act of adultery. But he tells her, 'Go now and leave your life of sin'.
Roman Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that preventing conception is against the 'natural law' and that the use of any artifical contraception is a grave sin.
It teaches that humans have an obligation to "Be fruitful and increase in number" Genesis 1:28
However many individual Roman Catholics disagree with this, especially because of concerns about AIDS.
The Roman Catholic Church allows natural family planning - by only having sex at the times during a woman's cycle when she's less fertile.
Other Christian Churches views
The Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches are in favour of contraception, suggesting that it lets parents plan their families in a responsible way.
Many Christians believe that contraception should be a question of individual conscience.