The Spanish Episcopal Conference has proposed a course of two to three years to train the bride and groom in the face of marriage , since they consider that the 20 hours of premarital courses are not enough and they want to avoid breakdowns because, as they indicate, ” five years, 40% of marriages have been broken . “
“When I was a parish priest, I asked the couple: Why are you in the premarital course? Someone said: ‘If not, they won’t give us a role and we can’t get married.’ I said: ‘False. You are here because According to statistics, 40% of marriages have been broken at five years and at fifteen years, 60%, and we come to prepare ourselves to avoid that, “said the bishop of Bilbao and president of the subcommission for the family and defense of the life of the EEC, Mario Iceta, this Thursday, January 9, at a press conference in Madrid.
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In addition, he has insisted that the 20 hours that a premarital course usually lasts are not enough . “A marriage formation cannot be done in 20 hours. To be a priest it takes 7 years of seminary and to be a husband, wife , father, mother, 20 hours?” He asked himself.
Chastity and vocation to marriage
The itinerary, entitled ‘Together on the road, + Q2 ‘ and prepared by a dozen married couples, seeks to “accompany, prepare and help young people” to guide them towards the vocation of marriage, as indicated on the Conference website Episcopal, where you can consult the entire course material. It is made up of 12 topics that address issues such as premarital relationships, fidelity, conflict resolution or the “beauty” of sexuality, a point in which special emphasis is placed on the importance of not maintaining intimate relationships until marriage.
“When a person is single or consecrated to God, they integrate sexuality by living continence, that is, not having sexual relations. Married couples integrate sexuality by living total sexual surrender with their spouse”, it is explained in said section regarding the concept of chastity.
This course is not mandatory as such, although each diocese may take it on and decide what training it requires of the bride and groom to marry , as Iceta has pointed out.