Church Teachings - Marriage & Family


Between Man and Woman: Questions and Answers About Marriage and Same-Sex Unions
      United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Q & A summary of church teaching on marriage between a man and woman based on Scripture and tradition.
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Casti Connubii (On Christian Marriage)
      Pope Pius XI's 1930 encyclical on Christian marriage.
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Considerations Regarding Proposals To Give Legal Recognition To Unions Between Homosexual Persons
      Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 2003 document on the issue of legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons.
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Deus Caritus Est (God Is Love)
      Pope Benedict XVI's 2005 Encyclical Letter On God's Love.
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Donum Vitae - Instruction On Respect For Human Life In Its Origin
      The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith instruction provides strong moral guidance for married couples and those in biomedical research. It reaffirms that procreation must occur in the conjugal act and offers a pastoral response to infertile couples.
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Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)
      Pope John Paul II's 1995 Encyclical Letter on the Gospel of Life.
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Familiaris Consortio (The Role of the Christian Family)
      Pope John Paul II's 1981 Apostolic Exhortation that provides the map for Christian marriage and family life in its moral, spiritual and evangelical dimensions. It provides detailed strategies for families to achieve their high destiny as the source of true civilization, the Civilization of Love.
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For Your Marriage - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
      United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website with resources for those preparing for marriage and husbands and wives who seek to strengthen their marriages.
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Gaudium Et Spes (Pastoral Constitution On the Church in the Modern World)
      Key passages include the dignity of marriage, the role of the family, and the duty of society and the Church to support families.
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Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life)
      Pope Paul VI's 1968 Encyclical Letter On Human Life.
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Marriage and the Catechism of the Catholic Church
      These referenced paragraphs (nos. 369-373, nos. 1601-1666, and nos. 2331-2400) provide a concise summary of church teaching on the unity of man and woman and the purpose of marriage and family.
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Married Love and the Gift of Life: Questions and Answers About Marriage
      United States Conference of Catholic Bishops response to questions about married love and contraception. Provides a solid review of Natural Family Planning for engaged and married couples.
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Matrimonia Mixta (On Mixed Marriages)
      1970 Apostolic Letter in the form of Motu Proprio on the issue of mixed marriages.
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Mulieris Dignitatem (The Dignity and Vocation of Women)
      Pope John Paul II's 1988 Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women.
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