Theme A (Gender Equality (importance of women in the Bible (Mary, Mother…
Humans as asexual, male and female
both male and female are created in the image of God
they are of equal importance and complement each other
sex is exclusively
marital, unitive and procreative
'Be fruitful and multiply'
The two shall become one flesh'
Theology of the Body
Marital sex: unites a couple, shows commitment, mutual love and respect, possibility of creating new life
Extramarital sex: form of exploitation for personal pleasure, sinful
sex before marriage: devalues it, no danger of STI's gift of virginity makes the person feel priviledged and loved
Homosexuality: sex should be procreative, homosexuals should live celibate lives, people are loved by God regardless, sacrament between a man and women
Church of England supports the idea of same sex civil partnerships, same-sex marriage was legalised in 2014 in England and Wales
A valid Marriage
8 conditions: remain together, free to marry, free will, not be closely related, consent, accept the promises of marriage, open to the gift of children, consummated
Nature of marriage
LESS: Loving relationship, Exclusive, Sacrament, Sign of love
Church disagrees with cohabitation but can see there may be financial reasons
Annulment, Divorce and remarriage
if the marriage was not valid in the first place
catholics believe people should stick by their marriage promises as promises made before God cannot be broken
divorce may be the compassionate solution, it is impossible to know what the future holds
'What God had joined, no human being must separate'
catholics believe the couple will not be able to receive communion, should not happen
Protestants will not stop those from remarrying receiving communion
Family planning and contraception
Catholic Church does not allow artificial contraception( makes sex non-procreative), but allows natural family planning (responsible parenthood, leaves the final decision to God)
contraceptives stop the spread of STD's, worlds become over populated so it is more responsible
Nature and purpose of family
purpose: security, love, care, support, stability, moral guidance, religious teaching
Nuclear family (mother, father & children), extended family (additional relatives), other families (single parent/same sex)
Paul said '
wives be submit to your husbands'
importance of women in the Bible
Mary, Mother of Jesus: showed obedience
Mary Magdalene: first to announce Jesus's resurrection
importance of men in the Bible
Jesus chose 12 male apostles
represents society at the time
Catholic view: men and women are equal but no the same but they have equal dignity and equal rights
Catholics believe gender discrimination devalues a person and stops the use of God-given talents
made in the image of God
God created human beings to be like himself'