Catechism References

marriageprepThe Unity and Indissolubility of Marriage

Conjugal love...demands indissolubility and faithfulness in definitive mutual giving; and it is open to fertility.
- p. 4 (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1643)

The unity of marriage, distinctly recognized by our Lord, is made clear in the equal personal dignity which must be accorded to man and wife in mutual and unreserved affection.
- p. 4 (Catechism, no. 1645)

The Fidelity of Conjugal Love

The most important reason for fidelity is found in God's fidelity to his covenant: the union of Christ with his Church is insoluble. Through the sacrament of Matrimony the spouses are enabled to represent this fidelity and witness to it.
- p. 4 (Catechism, no. 1646-1647)

Openness to Fertility

The matrimonial by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.
- p. 2 (Catechism, no. 1604)

Children are the supreme gift of marriage and contribute greatly to the good of the parents themselves.
- p. 4 (Catechism, no. 1652)

Parents are the principal and first educators of their children. In this sense, the fundamental task of marriage and family is to be at the service of life.
- p. 5 (Catechism, no. 1653)

Spouses to whom God has not granted children can nevertheless have a conjugal life full of meaning, in both human and Christian terms. Their marriage can radiate a fruitfulness of charity, of hospitality and of sacrifice.
- p. 5 (Catechism, no. 1654)


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