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In Spite of Risks, Cohabitation Rates Continue to Climb

In spite of the well-documented risks associated with cohabitation, the Census Bureau is reporting that cohabitation rates among young people now exceed marriage rates for couples age 18-24.

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Guest Blog: The Premarital Sex "Test Drive"

By Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

During a 2011 roundtable discussion on Fox News, guest commentator Jay Thomas argued that young people should not be too concerned when it comes to pre-marital sex, because nobody would choose to “buy a car without driving it first. You don’t get married, and you don’t learn about sex, by not having it.”

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Pope Tells Young Couples to Forego Cohabitation and Choose "Forever" with Conviction

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist During a meeting with young married couples at the closing ceremony of Italy's Eucharistic Congress, Pope Benedict XVI gave sage advice to families on dating, commitment and the false belief that living together before marriage can somehow guarantee a happy future.

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Cohabiting Catholic Couples are in "Great Spiritual Danger" Warns Santa Fe Archbishop

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The Most Rev. Michael Sheehan Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has issued a pastoral letter in which he addressing the problem of Catholics who cohabit, saying they are living in a state of mortal sin and should not receive the sacraments until they make their union acceptable to Jesus Christ.

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