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Life in Christ

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IN BRIEF

2247

“Honor your father and your mother” (

Deut

5:16;

Mk

7:10).

2248

According to the fourth commandment, God has willed

that, after him, we should honor our parents and those

whom he has vested with authority for our good.

2249

The conjugal community is established upon the

covenant and consent of the spouses. Marriage and

family are ordered to the good of the spouses, to the

procreation and the education of children.

2250

“The well-being of the individual person and of both

human and Christian society is closely bound up with

the healthy state of conjugal and family life” (

GS

47 § 1).

2251

Children owe their parents respect, gratitude, just

obedience, and assistance. Filial respect fosters har­

mony in all of family life.

2252

Parents have the first responsibility for the education

of their children in the faith, prayer, and all the vir­

tues. They have the duty to provide as far as possible

for the physical and spiritual needs of their children.

2253

Parents should respect and encourage their children’s

vocations. They should remember and teach that the

first calling of the Christian is to follow Jesus.

2254

Public authority is obliged to respect the fundamen­

tal rights of the human person and the conditions for

the exercise of his freedom.

2255

It is the duty of citizens to work with civil authority

for building up society in a spirit of truth, justice,

solidarity, and freedom.

2256

Citizens are obliged in conscience not to follow the

directives of civil authorities when they are contrary

to the demands of the moral order. “We must obey

God rather than men” (

Acts

5:29).

2257

Every society’s judgments and conduct reflect a vi­

sion of man and his destiny. Without the light the

Gospel sheds on God and man, societies easily be­

come totalitarian.