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Church Documents About Defense of Marriage

 

Church Documents

The following is a selection of documents related to the Church's teaching on marriage, the family, and the person.

Statements of the USCCB

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Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd ed., 2000)

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Second Vatican Council

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Pope Francis

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Pope Benedict XVI

  • Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini (Sept. 30, 2010): see no. 85, "The word of God, marriage, and the family"
  • Encyclical Caritas in Veritate (June 29, 2009): see nos. 15, 44, and 51 (on the need for a human ecology).
  • Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis (Feb. 22, 2007): see nos. 27-29, "The Eucharist and Matrimony"
  • For an extensive list of addresses and homilies about marriage, see the book Family (USCCB, 2009) or go to Marriage: Unique for a Reason.

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Pope John Paul II

  • Letter to Women (June 29, 1995): see especially nos. 7-8
  • Letter to Families (February 2, 1994): see especially nos. 6-17, "The Civilization of Love"
  • Apostolic Letter Mulieris dignitatem on the dignity and vocation of women (August 15, 1988): see nos. 6-8, "The Image and Likeness of God"
  • Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris consortio on the Christian family in the modern world (November 22, 1981): see especially nos. 3, 45-46, and 81
  • See also John Paul II's Wednesday audiences (1979-1984) collectively known as the "theology of the body." Available online at the EWTN website and the Vatican website (not all are translated into English) and in print: Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body, trans. Michael Waldstein (Pauline Books, 2006).

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Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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Pontifical Council for the Family

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Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 2004)

  • The Equal Dignity of All People and the Equality in Difference between Man and Woman (CSDC, nos. 144-148)
  • Marriage and Family (CSDC, nos. 209-254)
    • Importance of the family for the person (CSDC, nos. 212)
    • Importance of the family for society (CSDC, nos. 213-214)
    • Marriage as the foundation of the family (CSDC, nos. 215-218)
    • Sexual identity, difference, and complementarity (CSDC, no. 224)
    • Homosexual unions (CSDC, nos. 228-229)
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