Marriage | What You Need to Know
Marriage is at the center of the culture wars today, and is here covered as both a natural and supernatural institution. A good starting point for this thorny topic is the definition of marriage in Fr. Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary, which covers the essential elements of what marriage is.
- The Definition of Marriage
- A Brief Guide to John Paul II's Theology of the Body
- The Irish Bishops on Christian Marriage
The 2004 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church devotes chapter 5 to the family, which originates in marriage and is essential for human flourishing: The Family, the Vital Cell of Society.
In 1998, the same man who authored the definition of marriage with which we began, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, gave a conference on marriage which covers most aspects of both the natural institution of marriage and the sacrament of matrimony in the context of the cultural challenge marriage faces today: Matrimony, The Sacrament of Fidelity and Procreation.
Also, there is a great deal in The Catechism of the Catholic Church in marriage, and it is very well organized, making it easy to pick out different aspects of marriage to gain a precise understanding of the Church's teaching about each of these aspects: Article 7: The Sacrament of Matrimony.