Marriage and the Catholic Church
By (author) Michael G. Lawler
Marriage and the Catholic Church by Michael G. Lawler
Book DescriptionIt is an open secret that marriage is in crisis in the United States and that the marriages of Catholics are not significantly different from other marriages. In Marriage and the Catholic Church Michael Lawler confronts the difficult questions in the Catholic theology of marriage. Lawler, among the leading Catholic voices on the theology of marriage, does not shy away from the difficult questions, but confronts them honestly, historically accurately, and pastorally. He highlights a Catholic approach to premarital relationships, to marriage, to divorce, and to remarriage. He examines the relationship of marriage and sacrament, faith and sacrament, friendship in marriage, divorce and remarriage, cohabitation, family, interchurch marriages, and the changing models of marriage in the Catholic tradition. The whole offers a fresh look at the Catholic theology of marriage for a new millennium. Chapter 1 looks at marriage as a sacrament. Chapter 2 then asks what models of marriage function in the contemporary Catholic Church. Chapter 3 considers what it takes to transform the social reality of marriage into the Catholic sacrament and answers that it takes personal faith. Lawler looks into the bonds or relationships in marriage in Chapter 4. He offers an extended consideration of divorce and remarriage in the Catholic Church in Chapter 5. In Chapter 6 he offers theological and pastoral reflections on interchurch marriage. He analyzes the Christian reality and value of friendship and reflects on its contribution to the stability of marriage in Chapter 7. Lawler inquires, in Chapter 8, whether cohabitation could, again as in the past, be counted as a step in the process of becoming married in the Catholic tradition. Finally in Chapter 9 he seeks to construct a theology of Christian family and reflects on what that theology, and the families rooted in it, can contribute to American families in their present crisis. Chapters are Marriage and the Sacrament of Marriage," "Catholic Models of Marriage," "Faith and Sacrament in Christian Marriage," "On the Bonds of Marriage," "Divorce and Remarriage in the Catholic Church," "Interchurch Marriages: Theological and Pastoral Reflections," "Friendship and Marriage," "Cohabitation and Marriage in the Catholic Church: A Proposal," and "Toward a Theology of Christian Family." Michael G. Lawler, PhD, is the Amelia B. and Emil G. Graff Chair in Catholic Theological Studies and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He directs the Center for Marriage and Family, whose studies of marriage preparation, interchurch marriages, and the first five years of marriage have gained international acclaim. "
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814651162
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Michael Glazier Inc
Publisher: Michael Glazier Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael G. Lawler
Sexual Ethics, Paperback (May 2012)
Two principles capture the essence of the Catholic tradition on sexual ethics: that each and every marriage act must remain open to the transmission of life, and that any human genital act must occur within the framework of marriage. This title offers introduction to Catholic sexual ethics.
Sexual Person, Paperback (May 2008)
Two principles capture the essence of the Catholic position on the morality of sexuality: first, that any human genital act must occur within the framework of heterosexual marriage; second, every marriage act must remain open to the transmission of life. This work offers an overview of Catholicism and sexuality, and examines these principles.
What is and What Ought to be, Hardback (June 2005)View all books by Michael G. Lawler
In addition to being a useful primer on the relationship between theology and sociology (both theoretical and empirical), the book provides a wonderfully clear description of the sea changes that have occurred in Roman Catholic theology worldwide.
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Author Biography - Michael G. Lawler
Michael G. Lawler, PhD, Amelia and Emil Graff Professor Emeritus of Catholic Theology at Creighton University, received his training in theology at Dublin, Oxford, Rome, and St. Louis. He was a member of the Theology Department at Creighton for thirty-five years and is a prolific lecturer and writer. He has published twenty-two books and some 150 scholarly essays on topics related to sacraments, marriage, and sexuality. His most recent books are co-authored with Todd Salzman: the award winning and best-selling The Sexual Person: Towards a Renewed Catholic Anthropology (Georgetown University Press, 2008); Sexual Ethics: A Theological Introduction (Georgetown University Press, 2012). Dr. Lawler and his wife Susan have three adult children and four grandchildren.
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