- "Today’s catechesis is dedicated to a central aspect of the subject of
the family: that of the great gift that God made to humanity with the
creation of man and woman and with the Sacrament of Marriage. This
catechesis and the next are concerned with the difference and
complementarity between man and woman, who are at the summit of the
divine creation; the two following ones will be on Marriage....
I wonder...if the so-called gender theory is not also an expression of a frustration and of a resignation, which aims to cancel the sexual difference....The removal of the difference, in fact, is the problem, not the solution...The matrimonial and family bond is something serious, and it is for everyone, not only for believers. I would like to exhort the intellectuals not to abandon this topic, as if it had become secondary for the commitment in favor of a freer and more just society" (Pope Francis, 4/15/15).
- "In the previous catechesis on the family, I reflected on the first
passage of the creation of the human being, in the first chapter of
Genesis, where it is written: 'God created man in his own image, in the
image of God he created him; male and female he created them'....
The social devaluation of the stable and generative alliance of man and woman is certainly a loss for all....And the Bible says a beautiful thing: man finds woman, they find one another, and man must leave something to find her fully. And for this, man will leave his father and his mother to go with her. It is beautiful! This means to begin a journey. Man is all for woman and woman is all for man. The care of this alliance of man and woman -- also if they are sinners and are wounded, confused or humiliated, mistrustful and uncertain -- is therefore for us believers a demanding and exciting vocation, in the present condition" (Pope Francis, 4/22/15).
- "The most persuasive testimony of the blessing of Christian marriage is the good life of Christian spouses and of the family. There is no better way to describe the beauty of the Sacrament! Marriage consecrated by God to safeguard that bond between man and woman that God has blessed since the creation of the world; and it is source of peace and of goodness for the whole of conjugal and family life....I will speak of this beautiful vocation of marriage also in the next catechesis" (Pope Francis, 4/29/15).