Archbishop Eamon Martin has reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to couples living together before marriage.
In an interview for Irish TV with journalist, Eamonn Mallie, Archbishop Martin, said co-habitation before marriage was “not good” for young people.
“Just because something (co-habitation) has become more common and because it may be part of the culture of the day doesn’t mean that we have to say that it is something good or morally right.
“The church has a full understanding that sexual expression is within a marriage between a man and a woman.”
He added: “I would believe that it is not good that we have become so permissive... I don’t think it is good for young people.”
Archbishop Martin was born in Derry in 1961 and he replaced Cardinal Seán Brady as the Primate of All Ireland in September 2014.
In the interview, Archbishop Martin answers questions on sex abuse, homosexuality, sex before marriage, women in the Catholic Church,
‘Eamonn Mallie meets Archbishop Eamon Martin’ will be broadcast on Irish TV (Sky Channel 191) on Sunday at 10:00pm.