Marriage & Family Life

“The family, which is founded and given life by love, is a community of persons: of husband and wife, of parents and children, of relatives. Its first task is to live with fidelity the reality of communion in a constant effort to develop an authentic community of persons.”

Pope John Paul II (1981)
Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, #18

Church Teaching and Guidance on Marriage and Family Life

Catholic Marriage and Family Life Associations and Movements

  • NACFLMThe National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) works with the U.S. bishops to implement initiatives on behalf of marriage and family life. It also has contact with many other Catholic associations and groups that promote marriage and family life.
  • U.S. and International Directories

U.S. Bishops’ National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage

In November 2004, the bishops began a multi-year, broadly-based effort to promote, preserve and protect marriage – understood both as a sacrament and a natural institution.


Same-Sex Unions and Marriage

USCCB Marriage and Family Life Resources