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By: Michael Tierney

Catholics, Faith and Marriage

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As their wedding day approaches, young Catholics feel ready to join their future spouse in an exciting new partnership. They consider themselves to be mature individuals ready, willing and able to take on board all that their marriage can offer. However, after many years involved in parish-based marriage preparation I believe that some who are about to enter marriage have little idea of what might lie around the corner. They have a naïve appreciation of the difficulties, anxieties, shocks and upsets that will inevitably test their relationship as they face the challenges presented by today’s complicated world whilst striving to keep alive the love they share.

Moreover, I have concluded that too many have confused and distorted ideas about what the Roman Catholic Church believes, teaches, requires and expects from them during this crucial stage in their lives.

Perhaps this situation is predictable given the influence of powerful forces and ideologies which compete for their attention and the disharmony existing within the Church itself, where even the hierarchy hold divergent views and contradictory positions about its nature and purpose.

This book considers the way in which ordinary Catholics, faced with so much pressure, ambiguity and conjecture, often struggle to navigate a course through the chaotic melting-pot which characterises modern life and might, on some occasions, question or even deny the Church’s determination to interfere in their personal and private lives. 

Michael Tierney was born in Hartlepool in 1949 into a conservative Catholic family. He trained to be a teacher at Trinity & All Saints Colleges and Leeds University and taught in Catholic primary schools in Birmingham for 38 years, 27 of these as a headteacher.

From 1985 until 2019, he was involved in marriage preparation in his local parish.

On retiring, he decided to use his experience to produce an informative and supportive tool for those interested in the problems faced by young-engaged Catholics who are on the brink of what they hope will be a life-long marital partnership.

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