Monday, March 17, 2008

Poll-Release Monday #46

After another long wait (sorry about that!), here is your new poll question:

True or False? The indispensable element which makes a marriage is the consent of the spouses.
What do you think? Vote in the poll in the sidebar. Also, these polls have a new comment feature where you can leave your thoughts on the poll. Just lick on the "Comments" link at the bottom of the poll.

As for last week's poll, here are the results:
  • True or False? The meaning, nature, and essential attributes of marriage can change depending upon those cultures or societies in which marriage takes place, or upon the intentions of the individuals who desire to marry each other.
    • True: 4 (9%)
    • False: 42 (91%)
This question came from the USCCB's Quiz on the Catechism, in the section on Marriage. According to this quiz, the answer is:
  • False.

    Para. 1603: "The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . . . God himself is the author of marriage" (GS 48 § 1). The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes. These differences should not cause us to forget its common and permanent characteristics. Although the dignity of this institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity (Cf. GS 47 § 2), some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures. "The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life" (GS 47 § 1).
That question may have been a little confusing too (which is one reason why I chose it, haha!). The "nature" of marriage can encompass a lot of things. I think "laudate dominum" said it best when he left this comment:
  • As far as the marriage question goes I would say false because the objective meaning and nature of marriage is rooted first in the objectivity of human nature and natural law. But of course the accidentals are conditioned by variable anthropological and subjective factors.
Agreed! Oh, and Tina was right: this post explains why marriage has been the focus of my recent polls :D

Thank you all for voting.

Pax Christi,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your engagement! I meant to congratulate you when I first saw it- just didn't get to it. I think it is cute that your recent poll questions are about marriage.

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