When Two Become One:
A Pastoral Teaching on the Definition, Purpose and Sanctity of Marriage
Marriage is as old as humankind. From the beginning, God created the
human race in His own image and likeness. Sexual difference and
complementarity have been present from the beginning as part of God’s
creative plan. Equal in dignity but complementary in their sexual
difference, men and women who are called to marriage are intended to
form one-flesh unions. Thus, marriage can be seen as the “primordial
sacrament” predating the Fall and surviving original sin. It provides
the ideal context for children—citizens of the state and of the
Kingdom—to be formed, nurtured and educated. It is therefore the
fundamental building block of every society and of the Church, a matter
of vital concern to both.
Archbishop John J. Myers, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has written an important and beautiful pastoral letter concerning the sanctity of marriage. I would urge all of you to print the letter - read it - and share it with your family, friends, and all your fellow citizens. Please, be sure that your parish family is aware of the letter and has access to it.
You can print the Archbishop's letter by clicking HERE
God bless !