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Part Three

members of the same family personal relationships and primordial

responsibilities.

2202

A man and a woman united in marriage, together with

their children, form a family. This institution is prior to any recog­

nition by public authority, which has an obligation to recognize it.

It should be considered the normal reference point by which the

different forms of family relationship are to be evaluated.

2203

In creating man and woman, God instituted the human

family and endowed it with its fundamental constitution. Its mem­

bers are persons equal in dignity. For the common good of its

members and of society, the family necessarily has manifold re­

sponsibilities, rights, and duties.

The Christian family

2204

“The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and

realization of ecclesial communion, and for this reason it can and

should be called a

domestic church.

9

It is a community of faith,

hope, and charity; it assumes singular importance in the Church,

as is evident in the New Testament.

10

2205

The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign

and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy

Spirit. In the procreation and education of children it reflects the

Father’s work of creation. It is called to partake of the prayer and

sacrifice of Christ. Daily prayer and the reading of the Word of God

strengthen it in charity. The Christian family has an evangelizing

and missionary task.

2206

The relationships within the family bring an affinity of

feelings, affections and interests, arising above all from the mem­

bers’ respect for one another. The family is a

privileged community

called to achieve a “sharing of thought and common deliberation

by the spouses as well as their eager cooperation as parents in the

children’s upbringing.”

11

9

FC

21; cf.

LG

11.

10 Cf.

Eph

5:21-6:4;

Col

3:18–21;

1 Pet

3:1-7.

11

GS

52 § 1.

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