GUIDELINES FOR SPONSORING MARRIED COUPLES
The purpose of the Cursillo movement is to evangelize environments through the natural leaders of the those environments. With this in mind and taking into consideration the pluralistic society in which we live, we will encounter situations where a spouse may not be Catholic or the spouse of the natural leader does not wish to attend a Cursillo weekend. Thus, we are issuing guidelines for couples.
When selecting a person for Cursillo, it should be determined if that person is married before preparing that person for Cursillo. Even though the Cursillo weekend is lived individually, the spiritual life of the couple, both before and after the Cursillo weekend, must be considered. The Cursillo movement holds in highest regard the Sacrament of Marriage, and if participation in a Cursillo by one and not the other might have an adverse effect on that Sacrament, then we suggest some other form of spiritual renewal.
Once it is known that the person is married, we need to determine whether both are eligible to attend the Cursillo, or if both are interested in attending the Cursillo weekend. If something would prevent one spouse from attending, either because that individual is not eligible (see: "Those who should not go" on page 71 of the English Leaderís Manual) or does not wish to attend, then the following steps should be taken:
In the case where both are eligible and both agree to attend the Cursillo, then both should be prepared at the same time and the question of who attends first is not important.
The purpose of the Spiritual Advisor, a Secretariat member, and/or leader from the School of Leaders meeting with the couple is meant to compliment the work already done by the sponsor, not to take the place of the sponsor.
Note: Non-Catholics are not eligible to attend Catholic Cursillos.
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