Primary Purpose of Marriage
Primary Purpose of Catholic Marriage
Primary End of Marriage
Procreation & Education of Children
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The primary end of
marriage is the procreation and education of children...
"Can. 1013 § 1
The primary end of marriage is the procreation and education of children; the
secondary [end] is mutual support and a remedy for concupiscence. § 2 The
essential properties of marriage are unity and indissolubility, which in
Christian marriage obtain special firmness by reason of the sacrament." (1917
Code of Canon Law)
As Pope Pius XII
"Now, the truth
is that matrimony, as an institution of nature, in virtue of the Creator's will,
has not as a primary and intimate end the personal perfection of the married
couple but the procreation and upbringing of a new life. The other ends,
inasmuch as they are intended by nature, are not equally primary, much less
superior to the primary end, but are essentially subordinated to it. This is
true of every marriage, even if no offspring result, just as of every eye it can
be said that it is destined and formed to see, even if, in abnormal cases
arising from special internal or external conditions, it will never be possible
to achieve visual perception."
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