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The Church's Discipline in Marriage
The Church has a primary duty in the pastoral care of those who are married or are about to be married, not less than in the exercise of discipline for upholding Christian standards. To this end:
- regular and systematic instruction of the congregation on the meaning and responsibilities of marriage, and particular preparation of engaged persons, should be regarded as a normal pastoral duty in every parish, and all parish priests should be equipped for these tasks; and
- Church people should be urged to co-operate in the valuable work in education, guidance, and reconciliation done by many marriage guidance councils and other similar bodies, which uphold Christian standards of marriage.