Dr William Doherty
US marriage expert Dr William Doherty, at a national marriage conference last week, explored five modern myths including that marriage without prior cohabitation is foolish and that men aren't interested in relationships.
The University of Minnesota academic challenged some 200 participants at the twentieth Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (MARENC) in Melbourne, held from August 27-30, to get involved in promoting marriage, a press release from the Catholic Marriage Education Services said.
"We need to dispel the myths about marriage in society today," Dr Doherty, who was among several panelists and speakers at the event, said.
Five common myths about marriage, according to him, were that: 'it's foolish to get married without cohabiting'; 'it's best to wait to get married when you are financially secure'; 'if a marriage gets rotten it never gets ripe again'; 'if your marriage fails your children really want you to find another romantic relationship because they want you to be happy'; and that 'men aren't interested in relationships'.
Catholic marriage educators also gathered for a day of prayer, discussion and reflection on images of God and the presence of God "in our lives and the lives of couples preparing for marriage," the press release said.
Marriage and Relationship Educators National Conference (Catholic Marriage Education Services)
Catholic Society for Marriage Education