Sorry, OP is absolutely right about natural marriage! I got myself all confused about the idea of a catholic marrying outside of Church, etc.
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9/22/10 at 4:21pm
I don't really know much about this being a common Hispanic cultural practice, but the one person I know who did this was Hispanic, so you may be right. There are many reasons why different groups of people may be less likely to follow certain teachings of the Church, and it may or may not have anything to do with how much they believe the Church. Many regions of the world do not have as easy access to the teachings of the Church as we have in the US, so they are simply uninformed that what they are doing is out of line with Church teaching. Even though people in the US may have great access to Catholic teaching, unless they look for it, they still may be uninformed. Many places, certain teachings aren't emphasized, or if many people disagree with certain teachings, people may think that those teachings are unimportant or may be confused about the teachings. In the US, it is very common to find Catholics using contraception, even though it is forbidden by the Church. I think a lot of this is because of disagreement and confusion over what the Church teaches. I really couldn't judge their hearts. That is for God alone.