Faith & Moral Issues

Life and Family

Pope Saint John Paul II taught that “human life is precious because it is the gift of a God whose love is infinite; and when God gives life, it is for ever. Life is also precious because it is the expression and the fruit of love” (Homily, 4 October 1979). The dignity of the human person and the privileged role of the family as its source and protection are foundational to the Church’s moral vision for society and of every principle of Catholic social teaching. Pope Francis reminds us that “the welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church” (Amoris Laetitia, 31). As disciples of Christ, Catholics believe that every person is precious, that persons are immeasurably more important than things, and that every institution and every policy is to be measured by its capacity to enhance the life and dignity of the human person.

National Week for Life and the Family

Texts and Resources

Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life

Catholic Organization for Life and Family