The Reformation’s Effect on the Family – Kimberly Hahn
Popular Catholic author and speaker Kimberly Hahn takes a look at the effects of the Reformation on the understanding of vocation in Western Christianity- especially its impact on the understanding of marriage and celibacy. Hahn also looks at how the individualism and relativism that accompanied the Reformation’s fallout has led to a gradual and ongoing erosion of the traditional family.
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-Why did God create man in His image? How is “be fruitful and multiply” a way to express the image of God?
-Kimberly reads from a Catholic wedding prayer, which reflects on the blessing of Genesis 1 & 9. Share your thoughts about this prayer in light of Jesus’ words on marriage in Matthew 19:3-9.
-What part does the child play in the indissolubility of marriage?
-God reveals Himself as husband in Song of Songs. How does each marriage witness to the relationship between Christ and the Church?
-Are annulments “divorce, Catholic style”? What are the criteria for annulment?
-What were some of the ways in which Martin Luther viewed marriage?
-What are the similarities between Moses permitting a Bill of Divorce and the Protestant Reformation?
-How can Catholics help others understand the reality of God’s plan for Marriage and human sexuality, according to Kimberly?
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