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Excerpted from Catholic News Service


By Michael Kelly
Catholic News Service


In his address to the congress, Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, criticized a tendency to see marriage merely as a contract.

"Without sanctification, the family's gift of self becomes reduced to a mere consensual agreement or, as one American law school textbook on family law described marriage, as being better understood today as 'a joint venture for profit between the spouses.'"

He warned that "too often the cultural commentary about marriage -- especially found in defense of divorce -- suggests marriage and family is risky because one's commitment and contribution may not 'pay off' -- that there may not be an adequate return on one's investment in the marriage."

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