The Marriage Debt

The marital debt was never once mentioned in our marriage prep classes or our marriage prep counselling. It’s helpful to know these things. I find it odd how we can talk in great detail (and in mixed company) on the ins and outs of NFP and not even once mention the marital debt.  Here’s a good article on the matter.

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4 comments

  1. The marital debt was never once mentioned in our marriage prep classes or our marriage prep counselling.

    I was so offended at an NFP “class” we just said no; nobody said boo. Doctrine’s like a 1 min explanation. But the “marital debt” idea would have been educational in a abstract kind of way. Surely it was founded to stop men from restricting births…but today with birth control it takes on a whole new anti-feminist slant…

    1. MK, the marital debt serves both men and women, and in more than one way. As you note, it has an anti-birth control angle to it, just as it helps keep one party from freezing the other out.

      1. Doubt it’s an equitable deal though. Late marriage & biomechanics suggest “marital debt” will remain unpaid to many women too far beyond 30 (too fat, unfeminine). Husbands can’t pay what they don’t have in stock. The ultimate NFP. Unintended consequences and all that.

  2. Mrs ktc,

    I have never heard anyone speak well of Pre-Cana. At least, not that I can recall. Given the current state of the Church, it doesn’t surprise that such classes are normally useless.

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