In October 2006 the Committee on Marriage and Family sponsored a colloquium at the University of Notre Dame entitled “Understanding and Communicating the Sacrament of Marriage in our Contemporary Culture.” The colloquium brought together five theologians and the members of the Committee to explore, by means of prepared papers and subsequent discussion, the theology of the Sacrament of Marriage and the best ways of conveying it to the faithful today. The papers examined marriage from the perspectives of the Old and New Testaments and according to patristic, systematic, and liturgical theology.
The summary of the colloquium and the papers given at it are linked below. Each paper begins with a one page synopsis, and the body of the paper follows.
- Colloquium Summary
- “Marriage in the Book of Ruth” by Dr. Gary Anderson
- “The Sacramentality of Marriage in the Fathers” by Dr. John Cavadini
- “On Liturgical Marriage” by Dr. David Fagerberg
- “Eros and Agape: Expressions of Love in Sacramental Marriage” by Dr. Joann Heaney-Hunter
- “‘Acquire a Wife in Holiness and Honor’ (1 Thess 4:4): Christian Marriage in the New Testament” by Dr. Pheme Perkins