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US Cardinal urges priests to tell cohabiting couples to live apart
    Concerned that 'a new silence about sex has now replaced an earlier preoccupation with it', Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore has called on pastors to address the topic more directly and openly and to instruct cohabiting couples that they should live apart before marriage.
    "In a misguided attempt to respect the sensitivity of the sexual sphere, it can happen that we even avoid treating this topic adequately in our preaching and catechesis," Cardinal Keeler said in a strongly worded pastoral statement on marriage, sexuality and chastity issued on 11 December.
    It was directed primarily at priests in the archdiocese but also at Catholic school and parish religion teachers.
   
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22-Dec-00