"46. The human person is not only sacred but also social.
Full human development takes place in relationship with others. The
family—based on marriage between a man and a woman—is the first and
fundamental unit of society and is a sanctuary for the creation and
nurturing of children. It should be defended and strengthened, not
redefined or undermined by permitting same-sex unions or other
distortions of marriage. Respect for the family should be reflected in
every policy and program. It is important to uphold parents’ rights and
responsibilities to care for their children, including the right to
choose their children’s education.
"47. How we organize our
society—in economics and politics, in law and policy—directly affects
the common good and the capacity of individuals to develop their full
potential. Every person and association has a right and a duty to
participate actively in shaping society and to promote the well-being of
all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
"48. The principle of subsidiarity reminds us that larger institutions in society should not overwhelm or interfere with smaller or local institutions, yet larger institutions have essential responsibilities when the more local institutions cannot adequately protect human dignity, meet human needs, and advance the common good."