Marriage and Family

The foundation for a society is the family, which as Fr. Vincent McNabb (1894-1943) wrote, is “the unit of all social life” and “all social proposals must be tested by their effect on the family.”

Furthermore, the family is a society, “a society very small…but none the less a true society, and one older than any state.”, and as such, the family has “rights and duties…quite independent of the state.”, as Pope Leo XIII wrote in 1891.

Additionally, Pope Leo XIII called marriage, in Arcanum Divinae, the “beginning and the foundation” of the family union.

He also reminded us what Our Lord taught in the Gospels that marriage, “from its institution, should exist between two only, that is, between one man and one woman” and “that the marriage bond is by the will of God so closely and strongly made fast that no man may dissolve it or render it asunder.”

Therefore, as Pope St. John Paul II taught in Evangelium Vitae, that through marriage, the family, “has a special role to play from birth to death” and is “the sanctuary of life: the place in which life-the gift of God-can be properly welcomed and protected […]”.

“Consequently, the role of the family in building a culture of life is decisive and irreplaceable.”

Yet, over the last century, and accelerating over the last few decades, the institutions of marriage and the family been undermined and attacked in various ways including:

  • Divorce
  • Contraception and falling birthrates
  • New definitions of marriage
  • Homosexual unions
  • Gender ideology
  • Economic and social pressures
  • Secularized education and mass media
  • Disordered understanding of sexuality
  • Denigration of fatherhood and motherhood

As St. John Paul II described during his 1999 visit to the United States, “a new evangelization, must include a special emphasis on the family and the renewal of Christian marriage.”

The Carolina Family Coalition seeks to help you confront these external threats to marriage and family by offering a Catholic response to the culture and reintroducing to it the beautiful Catholic moral teachings, surrounding the sanctity of marriage and the traditional family.  Through our events, we hope to enable you to spread these beliefs in your local community and workplaces – all to help defend traditional marriage and family while taking steps to restore Christian culture in the Carolinas.

“In their primary mission of communicating love to each other, of being co-creators with God of human life, and of transmitting the love of God to their children, parents must know that they are fully supported by the Church and by society.”

– Pope St. John Paul II, St. Louis, January 1999

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