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Die Marriage Encounter-Gemeinschaft und einige der von ihren Mitgliedern vertretenen Moralgrundsätze

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Institute of Social Sciences IVO PILAR
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  • Communication
  • Education
  • Philosophy

Abstract

The contemporary ecclesiastical movement called the Community of Marital Encounters entered Croatia in the 1970s. Its purpose is to establish open, direct and vivid communication between spouses, increase awareness of the importance of marital sacraments, intensify religious family life and improve the quality of relationships between spouses. The activity of its members suits the modern way of life, contemporary (atomised) families vitally endangered and living in industrialised, secularised and urbanised environments. In the empirical research on contemporary ecclesiastical movements members of the Community of Marital Encounters have also participated. Due to the fact that the members of this movement are exclusively persons having family or marital status, the authors were primarily interested in issues regarding their moral evaluation of marital and family life. The examinees expressed a very high degree of agreement with the ethical and moral teaching of the Catholic Church in answers regarding the unjustifiableness of adultery and marital infidelity. A relatively high agreement with the ethical and moral teaching is evident also in issues with regard to the insolubility of marriage and wilful termination of pregnancy. The lowest degree of agreement with the ethical and moral teaching of the Church, concerning the ethical-moral analysis in this work, is found in the examinees' answers referring to contraception. Keeping in mind that members of selective ecclesiastical groups or movements are concerned, members of the Community of Marital Encounters movement have demonstrated more liberal attitudes, permissive opinions and a relatively high degree of discordance with the ethical and moral teaching of the Catholic Church in attitudes and values concerning extramarital sexual relations and contraception.

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