Marriage and the Family

Marriage and the Family, in General

Matrimony

  • Decree “Ne Temere” concerning betrothal and marriage, by the Sacred Congregation of the Council, August 10, 1907. May be read online at the EWTN Library.
  • Instruction “Dignitas Connubii” to be Observed by Diocesan and Interdiocesan Tribunals in Handling Causes of the Nullity of Marriage, by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, January 25, 2005. Available at the Holy See and JGray.org.

The Ends of Marriage: The Blessing of Children (including Natural Family Planning)

The Ends of Marriage: Mutual Love and Support

Holy Chastity: In General

  • Cultural Apologetics (articles), by Jason Evert, Matt Fradd, Dr. Janet Smith, Ryan T. Anderson, Abby Johnson. Available on this page of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, which describes it as a series of articles “designed to help you and your disciples wrestle with teachings of the Church, which are often difficult in today’s cultural context.”[It is composed of the following articles: “Sex and Sanctity”, a discussion of sex before marriage by Jason Evert; “Porn and Relationships”, a discussion of the problem of porn by Matt Fradd; “The Pill: No Small Matter”, a discussion about contraception by Dr. Janet Smith; “Same-Sex Marriage?”, a discussion of  marriage and public policy by Ryan T. Anderson; “The Abortion Debate”, a discussion about abortion with Abby Johnson.]
  • Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. A tract that summarizes the theology of the body with representative excerpts of the Pope’s lectures/addresses. Indexed on JP2Info.
  • Draft of a Dogmatic Constitution on Chastity, Marriage, the Family, and Virginity, by the Preparatory Theological Commission for the Second Vatican Council, translated by Fr. Joseph A. Komonchak (2012). Available in pdf format (on this page) at In Verbo Veritatis.
  • Declaration “Persona Humana” on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (29 December 1975). Available at the Holy See.
  • Theology of the Body for Families & Single People, plus Family Chastity Formation in Virtue and Purity of Heart: Universal Truths about Human Sexuality for People of All Ages, with Extensive References to the Official Teachings of the Roman Catholic Church (Kettle River, Minnesota: Communitas Dei Patris, 2006-2017). (Rev: 1/25/2017). Available in pdf format (here) through this page of Family Prayer Night.
  • The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family, by the Pontifical Council for the Family, December 8, 1995. May be read online at the Holy See and beginning on this page at Domestic-Church.com. Highlights of the text are provided in the NFP Forum (Diocesan Activity Report), vol. 7, nos. 1-2 (Winter/Spring 1996), which is available in pdf format (on this page) at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • The Sixth and Ninth Commandments: Sexual Morality, by Peter Kreeft (New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council – Catholic Information Service, 2001). With Imprimatur. The ebook may be read online and is available in pdf format (here), and the audiobook is available in mp3 format through this page of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.
  • Lettre Encyclique “Casti Connubiisur le Mariage Chrétien Considéré au Point de Vue de la Condition Présente, des Nécessités, des Erreurs et des Vices de la Famille et de la Société, du Souverain Pontife Pie XI (31 décembre 1930).  Disponible sur le site officiel du Saint-Siège. [D’apres Wikipedia : « Elle forme l’essentiel de l’enseignement doctrinal de l’Église sur le sacrement matrimonial et la vie conjugale. »]

Holy Chastity: Inward Purity

Holy Chastity: Premarital Relations and Company-Keeping

Holy Chastity: Adultery (including Remarriage after Divorce)

Holy Chastity: Recent Ecclesiastical Texts on Remarriage after Divorce

Holy Chastity: Other Recent Texts on Remarriage after Divorce

Holy Chastity: Sins against Nature (Onanism, Sodomy, and Alternate Reproduction)

Holy Chastity: Education on Chastity and Sexuality

  • The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family, by the Pontifical Council for the Family, December 8, 1995. May be read online at the Holy See and beginning on this page at Domestic-Church.com. Highlights of the text are provided in the NFP Forum (Diocesan Activity Report), vol. 7, nos. 1-2 (Winter/Spring 1996), which is available in pdf format (on this page) at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Chastity and Human Sexuality Education Within the Family: Basic Guidelines, from the Diocese of Honolulu, http://www.catholichawaii.org (September 2014). 5 pages. Available in pdf format at the Diocese of Honolulu.
  • Created to Love: Adolescent Catechesis for Human Sexuality and Child Protection Parish Middle School Version, sponsored by the Office of Child and Youth Protection Division of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Archdiocese of Baltimore. Available in pdf format at the Archdiocese of Baltimore. With a Message from the Archbishop dated October 2008.
  • Honored or Ignored? : Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education Within The Family”, by Alice Ann Grayson, M. Ed., and James Likoudis. Reprinted from: Sex Education: The Basic Issues and Related Essays (Catasauqua, PA, The Veil of Innocence, January 31, 2001): pp. 79 – 87. May be read online (here) at Catholic Culture.
  • “On ‘The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality’”, by Father Frederick Edlefsen, Voices Online Edition, vol. XIX, no. 1 (Eastertide 2004). May be read online (on this page) at Women for Faith & Family.
  • A Reader’s Guide to “The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality”, by Msgr. Peter J. Elliott. From the September/October 1996 issue of The Catholic Answer. May be read online (on this page) at the EWTN Libraries.
  • “Sex Education: The Vatican’s Guidelines”, by Kenneth D. Whitehead. Reprinted from: Kenneth D. Whitehead, “Sex Education: Vatican Guidelines,” Crisis, Vol. 14, no. 5 (May 1996) (Copyright © 1996 Crisis). May be read online (on this page) at the Catholic Education Resource Center.

Married Life and Responsiblities

Relations among the Sexes

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