Discussion related to living as a Catholic in the single state of life. As long as a topic is being discussed from the perspective of a single Catholic then it will be on-topic.
Tobias and Sarah's story is from the Book of Tobit, and his journey is guided by Saint Raphael.
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When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said; "I am God the Almighty. Walk in my presence and be blameless."
I take this to mean that there is no age limit to doing what is right. No one is exempt from the truth because they anticipate fewer years of life left to them.
I don't think the Church is concentrating on anything more these days than it ever has especially if you are referring to basic morality. In fact, I believe that information is easily available these days about Biblical principles, about topics that were once hush-hush such as divorce & annulments. And having served in divorce ministry for many years, I know that a lot of misconceptions abound about these topics even today.
I really don't know what you mean by saying, "The church has it two ways." As stated previously, sin is sin no matter the age of the sinner or if the sinner is a lay person or a religious. As far as living together celibately, I might prefer to do that with another female who is a good friend rather than with someone of the opposite sex. There have been many threads opened in these forums about the possibility/feasibility of male-female friendships. If I remember correctly, the general consensus was that one of the friends might harbor a more romantic view of the other & it would become especially uncomfortable if they were sharing a home. I guess anything is possible, though, as long as both people are fully committed to celibacy.
I still opt for the sacrament of marriage & look forward to sharing a full life with my special sweetheart in the next few months dealing with any obstacles as they occur, relying on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and the grace that the Lord bestows on us.