Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage, a gift bestowed by the Creator from the creation of the human race… It is a source of blessing to the couple, to their families, and to society and includes the wondrous gift of co-creating human life. Indeed, as Pope John Paul II never tired of reminding us, the future of humanity depends on marriage and the family.”– U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Letter: Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
Catholic Teaching About Marriage
Catholics believe that marriage comes as a gift from the hand of God. The Catholic vision of marriage is rooted in Sacred Scripture and is expressed in the teachings and practices of the Church. It has these main elements:
- Marriage unites a man and woman in faithful and mutual love
- Marriage opens a couple to giving life
- Marriage is a way to respond to God’s call to holiness
- Marriage calls the couple to be a sign of Christ’s love in the world
The links below provide more information about specific dimensions of Catholic marriage:
Natural Family Planning
Natural Family Planning(NFP) is a nearly 100-percent effective, easy-to-learn, natural approach to planning your family. Couples who practice NFP understand the biology and the theology of their bodies and can successfully promote or postpone pregnancy. While married couples are called to be generous and open to life, NFP empowers them to responsibly postpone pregnancy or limit the size of their family. To find out more information and for a schedule of upcoming NFP seminars in the diocese, visit the Office of Faith Formation’s website here.
“God is love and in himself he lives a mystery of personal loving communion. Creating the human race in his own image . . .. God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion.”115
“God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them”;116 He blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply”;117 “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.”118 – Catechism of the Catholic Church on Contraception (6th Commandment)
For Church Documents and Teachings, Articles, Columns, and Fact Sheets on contraception click here.
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