19 Sep 2017

Pope Francis, Marriage and the Plebiscite


Woman and Man

Pope Francis grounds his teaching on marriage and the family in
“the Book of Genesis, when God completes his work of creation
and makes his masterpiece; the masterpiece is man and woman.”1 God’s masterpiece has a special quality because “it is not man alone who is the image of God or woman alone who is the image of God, but man and woman as a couple who are the image of God. The difference between man and woman is not meant to stand in opposition, or to subordinate, but is for the sake of communion and generation, always in the image and likeness of God.“2

A unique union of man and woman

Pope Francis views “marriage as a unique, natural, fundamental and beautiful good for people, families, communities and societies.”3 He also sees that “as a social institution, marriage protects and shapes a shared commitment to deeper

growth in love and commitment to one another, for the good of society as a whole. That is why marriage is more than a fleeting fashion; it is of enduring importance.”4

Motherhood and Fatherhood

Pope Francis has taught that “every child has a right to receive love from a mother and a father; both are necessary for a child’s integral and harmonious development.”5 Furthermore this right is not just concerned with “the love of father and mother as individuals, but also of their mutual love, perceived as the source of one’s life and the solid foundation of the family.”6

Consequently “only the exclusive and indissoluble union between a man and a woman has a plenary [comprehensive, complete or full] role to play in society as a stable commitment that bears fruit in  new life.”7

Download the pdf below to read the footnotes and more info about:

  • Respect for every person
  • Advocate for Marriage
  • Limiting freedom of speech
  • Limiting freedom in the workplace
  • Limiting freedom of conscience
  • Mandatory "Safe Schools" sex education
  • Erasing the legal significance of biological sex
  • Removal of mothers and fathers
  • Closing of "non-compliant" schools



 Pope Francis, Marriage and the Plebiscite Brochure.pdf

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