Monday, 16 September 2013

Pope Francis: family based on opposite-sex marriage open to life is the basis of society

Pope Francis has sent a strong pro-life and pro-family message to the participants in the annual Social Week for Italian Catholics, held this past weekend in Turin on the theme of "The Family: Hope and Future for Italian Society”. The Vatican Information Service (VIS) reports that he commended the participants for their choice of theme, and said that the family is a "path for generations through which faith, love and fundamental moral values are transmitted". He taught:
"A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise”.

“As the Church, we offer a concept of the family rooted in the Book of Genesis, of the unity in the difference between man and woman, and the fruitfulness of this complementarity, and we recognise it as an asset for all, as the first natural society. … The family understood in this way remains the first and principle building block of society and of an economy on a human scale. … The consequences, positive or negative, of decisions of a principally cultural or political nature in relation to the family touch upon the various areas of the life of a society and a country”.

"[We must remember the] simple, but beautiful and courageous witness given by many families, who experience matrimony and parenthood with joy..."
Pope Francis's message that the family is based on opposite-sex marriage open to life also appeared in his first encyclical Lumen Fidei - see my blog of 5 July. Also see my blogs about other pro-life and pro-family statements by Pope Francis:
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