Reflections on Marriage

Papal and Curial Documents

Benedict XVI, “Address to the Roman Rota,” 26 January 2013.

John Paul II, “Address to the Roman Rota,” 30 January 2003.

John Paul II, “Address to the Roman Rota,” 1 February 2001.

John Paul II “Address to the Pontifical Council for the Family,” 24 January 1997. 

John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, 22 November 1981.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, “The Pastoral Approach to Marriage Should Be Founded on Truth” (originally published in 1998 and republished in L'Osservatore Romano on 30 November 2011 with new footnotes). 

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church Concerning the Reception of Holy Communion by the Divorced and Remarried Members of the Faithful (14 September 1994).

International Theological Commission, “Propositions on the Doctrine of Christian Marriage” and “Christological Theses on the Sacrament of Marriage” (1977).

Benedict XVI, "Address to Members of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family on the XXVth Anniversary of Its Foundation" (May 11, 2006)

Francis, "Address to the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family" (Oct. 27, 2016)

In consideration of some of the issues discussed at the recent Synods of Bishops on the theme of “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization,”  we would like to call attention to the Summer 2014 issue of Communio: International Catholic Review, which collects articles from Institute faculty members, past and present, addressing questions on the nature and pastoral care of marriage and the family. The articles include: 

Cardinal Angelo Scola, "Marriage and the Family between Anthropology and the Eucharist"

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, "Marriage and the Family within the Sacramentality of the Church"

Rev. José Granados, "The Sacramental Character of Faith

Rev. Antonio López, "Marriage's Indissolubility: An Untenable Promise?"

Nicholas J. Healy, "The Merciful Gift of Indissolubility"

D.C. Schindler, "The Crisis of Marriage as a Crisis of Meaning: On the Sterility of the Modern Will"

Adrian J. Walker, "'What God Has Conjoined, Let No Man Put Asunder'"

David S. Crawford, "Gay Marriage, Public Reason, and the Common Good"

Rev. Fabrizio Meroni, "Pastoral Care of Marriage: Affirming the Unity of Truth and Mercy"

John Paul II, "God's Gift of Life and Love: On Marriage and the Eucharist"

A précis of each original article in the Summer 2014 issue of Communio has been collected into a short booklet, which is available for download below.