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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

Second Vatican Council

Pope Francis

Major documents:

Encyclical Laudato Si, no. 155 (2015)

Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, no 66 (2013)

Encyclical Lumen Fidei, no 52 (2013)

Various addresses and homilies about marriage:

For a compilation please see For Your Marriage‘s Pope Francis Corner!

Pope Benedict XVI

  • For a compilation of selections form Pope Benedict’s teachings on marriage and family, see Family (USCCB, 2009)

Major documents:

Various addresses and homilies about marriage:

Pope John Paul II

Major documents:

Various addresses and homilies about marriage:

  • Homily during the Jubilee of Families(October 15, 2000) : see nos. 2, 3
  • See also John Paul II’s Wednesday audiences (Sept. 5, 1979 – Nov. 28, 1984) collectively known as “the theology of the body.” Available online at EWTN’s website and at the Vatican website(includes all of John Paul II’s audiences).
    • The most recent critical English translation is Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body, trans. Michael Waldstein (Boston: Pauline Books & Media), 2006.

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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Pontifical Council for the Family

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (2004)

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

Español: Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia (2005)

  • Ve nos. 144-148, La igual dignidad de todas las personas
  • Ve nos. 209-254, La familia, Célula vital de la sociedad
  • La importancia de la familia para la persona (no. 212)
  • La importancia de la familia para la sociedad (nos. 213-214)
  • El matrimonio, fundamento de la familia (nos. 215-218)
  • La identidad sexual, la diferencia, y la complementariedad (no. 224)
  • Las uniones homosexuales (nos. 228-229)

Select State Catholic Conference Statements on Marriage