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Document Details :
Title: INTAMS Postgraduate Summer Course 2001
Subtitle: 'For Love's Sake - Rethinking the Basis of Marriage'
Author(s): DICKMANN, Ulrich
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 7 Issue: 2 Date: 2001
This year’s Postgraduate Summer Course was offered by INTAMS in cooperation with Boston College (USA), the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome, Italy), and the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). Our purpose, as the title indicates, was to study the role of love as a basis for marriage. In the west, we often imagine that love is the sole basis for marriage. Since love is also the motivating factor in relationships other than marriage, both heterosexual and homosexual, it seems that getting married and staying married requires something more than merely love, if marriage is to be seen as something more than simple cohabitation. Sociological studies show that increasingly the primary motive for getting married is the desire for children. The uniqueness of marital love and the relationship between love and marriage is particularly problematic today and is a question that the course sought to explore.