Essay on Church 's Teaching On The Family
Church’s Teaching on the Family
Marriage is a natural institution established by God.
It is a permanent, faithful, fruitful partnership between one man and one woman, established by their free mutual consent.
Marriage has two purposes: the good of the spouses (unitive) and the procreation and education of children.
Marriage is a vocation that needs preparation and support by the Church and the state.
Conjugal love requires totally self-giving to each other. This love is the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being.
Family is a domestic Church, a small communion of persons that draws its sustenance from the larger Church.
Parents have the special responsibility to teach children the faith and help them to grow in virtue.
Family forms an image of the Trinitarian God in two ways:
Marriage is a communion of love between co-equal persons that is extended to all members of the family.
A married couple’s love conceives and cares for children.
Family forms a community of persons.
Love is the inner principle, the permanent power, and the final goal of the family. Without love the family cannot be a community of persons.
Through their covenant of married life, man and woman are no longer two, but one flesh.
Through their yes, Christian couples are called to participate in the same irrevocable indissolubility that binds Christ to his Church.
All members of the family have to contribute to form the community of persons through…