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The Catholic View On Polygamy Essay

2401 words - 10 pages

Jonathan Martinez
Ms. Anthony
Polygamy is the marriage of one man or woman to multiple spouses at one time when the other participating spouses know about one another. Polygamy is not to be confused with bigamy, which is the marriage of one man or woman married to multiple spouses that do not know about each other. There are many things said about polygamy today. There are many different views as well. The governments along with the people and the Catholic Church all have different views on polygamy. Most people view polygamy as wrong because it is degrading woman or humans in general. Even though polygamy is degrading to women in some people’s eyes to others it is a part of their religious beliefs and therefore some people look past the fact that it is wrong and degrading to women. According to the different governments around the world, it seems like half of the world allows polygamy and half of the world is completely against it. The Catholic Church views polygamy as morally wrong due to the fact that, God gave us the Sacrament of Marriage as an unbreakable bond between one man and one woman. Yes, Evangelism Vitae may not directly speak upon polygamy in itself, but it does stress how the bond of marriage is supposed to be a sign of the Holy Divinity of Christ. These are all different views around the world. I view polygamy as extremely wrong. There is no way that polygamy should be seen as tolerable regardless of the person’s religious beliefs or not. It will always be wrong to be married to more than one person at one time. Polygamy in my eyes degrades not only women, but the human race in its self. It teaches us that one person is not good enough for the needs of the other.
The people around the world have different views and for many different reasons. Many people to this day do not view polygamy as wrong, probably because they don’t quite grasp what it says about the human race and how it demoralizes humans. Maybe if more people understood the meaning of marriage then more people would go against polygamy instead of just standing around and letting it go on or even worse participating in it. Polygamy is often contested and open to being misunderstood. The practice of polygamy around the world by cultural and religious groups suggests that arguments against the practice need not necessarily serve as an endorsement of any one cultural or religious group over another. Another main reason that people are against polygamy is the chance of younger like teens marrying fifty or sixty year old men. Polygamy is one of the main causes of child abuse and rape. However, polygamy and sexual abuse of young girls do not necessarily go hand in hand. Some adult women freely choose plural marriage. For example, Anne Wilde, a graduate of Brigham Young University and co-author of Voices in Harmony, freely chose plural marriage for thirty three years until her husband’s death. Governments around the world oppose polygamy, but most of the...

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