During this time they can be given the spiritual foundation that helps them to make informed, faith-filled and life-giving choices throughout their lives.
With this foundation, it can be hoped that couples will choose not to cohabit before marriage.
It is this group of engaged couples who pose certain unique pastoral challenges.
71-77) the question of cohabitation under two headings: (a) input on cohabitation from personal experiences and the behavioral sciences and (b) pastoral approaches to cohabiting couples.
In this latter section the handbook drew upon the written policies of a few dioceses to present a range of possible options for working with cohabiting couples who come seeking marriage in the Church.
In this present resource paper the NCCB Committee on Marriage and Family builds upon the foundation provided by This paper is neither an official statement of the Committee on Marriage and Family nor of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
It does not offer formal recommendations for action.