Familiaris consortio EN
JOHN PAUL II
APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
"FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO"
on the role of the christian family in the modern world
November 22, 1981
Copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana

Headings

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO

OF POPE

JOHN PAUL II

TO THE EPISCOPATE

TO THE CLERGY AND TO THE FAITHFUL

OF THE WHOLE CATHOLIC CHURCH

ON THE ROLE

OF THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY

IN THE MODERN WORLD


INTRODUCTION
1 The Church at the Service of the Family
2 The Synod of 1980 in Continuity with Preceding Synods
3 The Precious Value of Marriage and of the Family

PART ONE


BRIGHT SPOTS AND SHADOWS FOR THE FAMILY TODAY


4 The Need To Understand the Situation
5 Evangelical Discernment
6 The Situation of the Family in the World Today
7 The Influence of Circumstances on the Consciences of the Faithful
8 Our Age Needs Wisdom
9 Gradualness and Conversion
10 Inculturation

PART TWO


THE PLAN OF GOD FOR MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY


11 Man, the Image of the God Who Is Love
12 Marriage and Communion Between God and People
13 Jesus Christ, Bridegroom of the Church, and the Sacrament of Matrimony
14 Children, the Precious Gift of Marriage
15 The Family, a Communion of Persons
16 Marriage and Virginity or Celibacy

PART THREE


THE ROLE OF THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY


17 Family, Become What You Are

I - FORMING A COMMUNITY OF PERSONS
18 Love as the Principle and Power of Communion
19 The Indivisible Unity of Conjugal Communion
20 An Indissoluble Communion
21 The Broader Communion of the Family
22 The Rights and Role of Women
23 Women and Society
24 Offenses Against Women's Dignity
25 Men as Husbands and Fathers
26 The Rights of Children
27 The Elderly in the Family

II - SERVING LIFE

1. The Transmission of Life
28 Cooperators in the Love of God the Creator
29 The Church's Teaching and Norm, Always Old Yet Always New
30 The Church Stands for Life
31 That God's Design May Be Ever More Completely Fulfilled
32 In an Integral Vision of the Human Person and of His or Her Vocation
33 The Church as Teacher and Mother for Couples in Difficulty
34 The Moral Progress of Married People

35 2. Education
36 The Right and Duty of Parents Regarding Education
37 Educating in the Essential Values of Human Life
38 The Mission To Educate and the Sacrament of Marriage
39 First Experience of the Church
40 Relations with Other Educating Agents
41 Manifold Service to Life

III - PARTICIPATING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIETY
42 The Family as the First and Vital Cell of Society
43 Family Life as an Experience of Communion and Sharing
44 The Social and Political Role
45 Society at the Service of the Family
46 The Charter of Family Rights
47 The Christian Family's Grace and Responsibility
48 For a New International Order

IV - SHARING IN THE LIFE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH
49 The Family, Within the Mystery of the Church
50 A Specific and Original Ecclesial Role

1. The Christian Family as a Believing and Evangelizing Community
51 Faith as the Discovery and Admiring Awareness of God's Plan for the Family
52 The Christian Family's Ministry of Evangelization
53 Ecclesial Service
54 To Preach the Gospel to the Whole Creation

2. The Christian Family as a Community in Dialogue with God
55 The Church's Sanctuary in the Home
56 Marriage as a Sacrament of Mutual Sanctification and an Act of Worship
57 Marriage and the Eucharist
58 The Sacrament of Conversion and Reconciliation
59 Family Prayer
60 Educators in Prayer
61 Liturgical Prayer and Private Prayer
62 Prayer and Life

3. The Christian Family
63 The New Commandment of Love
64 To Discover the Image of God in Each Brother and Sister

PART FOUR


PASTORAL CARE OF THE FAMILY: STAGES, STRUCTURES, AGENTS AND SITUATIONS



I - STAGES OF PASTORAL CARE OF THE FAMILY
65 The Church Accompanies the Christian Family on Its Journey Through Life
66 Preparation for Marriage
67 The Celebration
68 Celebration of Marriage and Evangelization of Non-believing Baptized Persons
69 Pastoral Care After Marriage

II - STRUCTURES OF FAMILY PASTORAL CARE
70 The Ecclesial Community and in Particular the Parish
71 The Family
72 Associations of Families for Families

III - AGENTS OF THE PASTORAL CARE OF THE FAMILY
73 Bishops and Priests
74 Men and Women Religious
75 Lay Specialists
76 Recipients and Agents of Social Communications

IV - PASTORAL CARE OF THE FAMILY IN DIFFICULT CASES
77 Particular Circumstances
78 Mixed Marriages

79 Pastoral Action in Certain Irregular Situations
80 a) Trial Marriages
81 b) De Facto Free Unions
82 c) Catholics in Civil Marriages
83 d) Separated or Divorced Persons Who Have Not Remarried
84 e) Divorced Persons Who Have Remarried
85 Those Without a Family

86
CONCLUSION