Task force to address marriage decline

The task force will promote, encourage and support Catholic marriages (Bigstock)

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has set up a task force to address the steep decline in Catholic marriages and consider the implications of same-sex marriage legislation in Australia. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Archbishop Coleridge has appointed 10 people to the Amoris Laetitia Task Force (ALTF) which will “develop and implement a strategy to promote Catholic marriage and family” in Brisbane Archdiocese.

“There was a time when the Christian, even the specifically Catholic, view of marriage and the family were generally supported by the wider culture, but it is now becoming more and more counter-cultural,” Archbishop Coleridge said.

“In light of the recent change of definition of marriage in Australian law, and the Pope’s teaching in his letter Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), I have convened a task force with a brief to develop and help implement an archdiocesan strategy to promote, encourage and support Catholic marriages as well as work to heal the wounds of broken marriages.

“The Church has to accompany engaged and married people at every stage of their nuptial journey, and the task force will help us see in concrete ways how this might be done.”

One of the aims of the project will be addressing the steep decline of Catholic marriages, which have dropped by about 60 per cent in the past 15 years nationally.

An ALTF spokesman said marriage formation needed to occur “from birth to death” which involved reconsidering how marriage was witnessed or taught in all areas and ministries of the Catholic Church.

The group will advocate that marriage education begins at home with the example of the parents, who are the first educators.

Nuptial catechesis, however, must be integrated into parish life, and schooling, particularly high school, where teenagers are beginning to form romantic relationships and can at times do things in these relationships that become problematic for a future marriage.

The task of marriage education will go beyond schooling to tertiary institutions, parish communities, specific preparation for couples getting married, and then support for couples and, later, families throughout life.

The task force will also attempt to address issues related to parenting and family breakdowns, which are likely to influence a child’s understanding of marriage.


Archbishop calls task force in response to marriage crisis across Australia (The Catholic Leader

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