Spanish bishops launch marriage prep course that could last up to three years
Catholic couples in Spain will undergo up to three years of marriage preparation under an initiative by their bishops to reverse the country’s high rates of divorce.
The Spanish bishops launched Together on the Way (‘Juntos en Camino’), a program to help couples to succeed in their vocation to marriage amid a divorce rate that sees about 40 per cent of marriages collapse within five years and nearly 60 per cent within 15 years.
The new course could last between two and three years; it replaces preparation courses that lasted between five and 20 hours.
Speaking at a news conference in Madrid mid-January, Bishop Mario Iceta Gavicagogeascoa of Bilbao said he did not believe previous courses were adequate.
“What can we do in five hours?” asked Bishop Iceta, president of the Spanish bishops’ subcommission for family and the defence of life.
“To make a comparison, to be a priest you need to spend seven years in a seminary,” he said, adding that it was not “sufficient” to prepare to be “a husband, a wife, a mother or a father” in less than a day.
Picture: A newly married couple kiss outside Madrid’s Royal Palace in 2017. Catholic couples in Spain will undergo up to three years of marriage preparation under an initiative by their bishops to reverse the country’s high rates of divorce. (CNS photo/Juan Medina, Reuters).Tags: bishops, course, launch, marriage, marriage prep, Spain, Spanish