Familiaris Consortio

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Familiaris Consorto is a postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation written by Pope John Paul II and promulgated on November 22, 1981. It serves as a summary of the Church’s teachings on the nature and role of the Christian family and the sacrament of marriage and serves as the central source of insight and growth for Catholics today.
The encyclical is divided into four parts, two of which are especially important.
In part one of the encyclical the Church wishes to speak the truth about the family. It addresses the need to take up the question of marriage in the light of the Church’s teaching, especially as our contemporary culture poses so many difficult questions to the modern Christian questions that have not appeared before in history. Family
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Upon the conjugal communion is built the communion of the family Men and women have equal dignity, as reason may recognize and as is taught by the word of God. Public roles should be fully open to women, yet clear recognition should be given to the particular value of their familial and maternal role. Women are offended by the mentality that treats humans as things, by discrimination, etc. The encyclical affirm the part of every member of the family. Men as husband and father, the man should love his wife and children, and appreciate his role in the family. Every child should be esteemed and loved, especially in a Christian family. The elderly in the family should be specially venerated and loved, and play a particular role within the family.
Procreation is a share in God’s creative blessing, and a sign of conjugal love. The Church reaffirms this teaching on the transmission of life; particularly that conjugal love must be open to new life. Anti-life mentality comes from God’s absence from people’s hearts. Yet human life is always a gift of God’s goodness. In the face of the many modern problems, it is importance to illustrate the biblical foundations, ethical gounds, and personalistic reasons for this doctrine. The union of the conjugal act, loving self-giving, and procreation is founded in an integral vision of the human person in God’s plan. The Church teaches the moral norm, and seeks to provide lovingly for her
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