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The Reformation’s Effect on the Family – Kimberly Hahn

Kimberly Hahn |
October 26, 2017 2 Comments

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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Study questions:

-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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Kimberly Hahn

Kimberly Hahn became a Catholic at the Easter Vigil of 1990 in Joliet, Illinois, after a difficult struggle during the four years following her husband’s, Dr. Scott Hahn’s, entrance into the Catholic Church. The couple has completed a book on their journey into the Catholic Church entitled Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism.  

Kimberly has received a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Arts from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, followed by a Masters of Arts in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in May, 1982. 

Scott and Kimberly have been married since 1979 and have six children. Kimberly has been a full-time, stay-at-home Mom since their firstborn’s arrival. Currently, she home schools her younger children. She enjoys speaking with Scott, but ministry is a priority after family commitments.

In addition to Rome Sweet Home, Kimberly has written or contributed to many books on Catholicism, marriage, the family, and homeschooling. During past school years, Kimberly lead a weekly Bible study at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Her studies on the Mysteries of the Rosary, Proverbs 31, Knowing the Will of God, Finances, Praying from the Hearth, Dating and Courtship, and Women of Hope are available on audiocassette through St. Joseph Communications as are many of her talks on topics related to family life and the Catholic Faith.