The purpose of the Cursillo Movement is
to evangelize environments through the natural leaders of 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 the
Cursillo weekend. Thus the reason for guidelines on couples.
The Couples Guidelines: When selecting a person for
Cursillo,male or female, it should be determined if that person is married
before preparing the 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 individual 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
or that person does not wish to attend, then the following steps would
1. The couple would be invited to meet with the Spiritual
Advisor of the Movement, member of the Secretariat, and/or leader from
the School of Leaders.
2. During the meeting a full explanation to the purpose/method
of the Movement would be given.
3. A complete explanation, of what is expected of
those who go through the 3-Day exercise, is given.
4. Most importantly, an explanation of what is expected
during the 4th Day (Group Reunion and Ultreya).
5. If both agree, that one spouse attending the Weekend
while the other spouse does not will not have an adverse affect on their
Sacrament of Marriage, then the one who is eligible and wants to attend
should be allowed to do so.
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. (National Secretariat – 1993)