In the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 19:1-12), Jesus teaches about the beauty of marriage and explains that God is the author of all marriage. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that the vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not purely a human institution but given to us from God.
Sacred Scripture teaches us that God created man and woman out of love, and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other. “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him… the two of them become one body.” (Genesis 2:18; 24) A spiritual bond is created between a man and a woman when they are wed, because this is the way God made marriage to work.
Marriage is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. As a result, the Church has an obligation to protect marriage and ensure that it is celebrated with the dignity God intended for it. When any wedding takes places a covenant is entered between a man, a woman and God. It is intended to help the spouses know God better, love each other in ways that are both beautiful and sacrificial, and share in God’s creative power through their openness to bringing children into the world. God designed marriage to be a faithful, lifelong relationship. As Jesus said, “What God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Mark 10:9)
For a fuller explanation on the Church’s teaching about marriage, read the Catechism of the Catholic Church on marriage. For specific information concerning marriage in the Diocese of Pittsburgh Tribunal at 412-456-3033.