"The family is, so to speak, the domestic Church. In it parents should, by their word and example, be the first preachers of the faith to their children."

Vatican II:
Constitution on the Church


Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World Vatican II. See Part 2, Chapter 1: Fostering the Nobility of Marriage and the Family

On the Family Pope John Paul II: Familiaris Consortio, 1981

Letter to Families John Paul II (2 Feb 1994)

Television and the Family Pope John Paul II (1994)

1994 Christmas Message Pope John Paul II

Pontifical Council for the Family Profile of the Council as well as news and documents from the Council

Charter of Rights of the Family, 1983

The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family Pontifical Council for the Family

Follow the Way of Love A Pastoral Message of the U.S. Catholic Bishops to Families On the Occasion of the United Nations 1994 International Year of the Family

Your Family and Cyberspace 2000 statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops

The Family, the Heart of the Civilization of Love By Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family

Feast of the Family By Archbishop Joseph Mercieca of Malta

The Vocation of Marriage in God's Plan By Archbishop J. Francis Stafford of Denver

Love is for Life 1986 pastoral letter by the Irish bishops. See especially part IV

The Troubled Family Message from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, January 2001

Violence Against Women and Children A statement from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference, September 1992

On Christian Marriage and the Evils of Divorce Pope Leo XIII: Arcanum (1893)

Hope for the Family: Christian Action for Stronger Families Study paper from the Reformed Church of America


The Family in the Social Teaching of the Church By William L. Saunders, Jr. at a Catholicism and Family Conference, hosted by the Faith and Reason Institute, 2010

Responsibilities of Family Life By Rev. Mark Connolly in Spirituality for Today, October 2008

Christian Ethical Perspectives on Marriage and Family Life in Modern Western Culture By J.M. Vorster in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 2008

What Yoder Wrought: Religious Disparagement, Parental Alienation and the Best Interests of the Child By Jeffrey Shulman in Villanova Law Review, 2008

Should Bearing the Child Mean Bearing All the Cost? A Catholic Perspective on the Sacrifice of Motherhood and the Common Good By Elizabeth R. Schiltz in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Summer 2007

Domestic Abuse in the Household of God By Rosemaré Ann Visser and Yolanda Dreyer in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 2007

The New Testament Teaching on Family Matters By Carolyn Osiek in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 2006

Family as Domestic Church: Developmental Trajectory, Legitimacy, and Problems of Appropriation By Joseph C. Atkinson in Theological Studies, September 2005

Familial Rights and the Ethics of Parenting By Rev. John J. Conley, SJ in Catholic Social Science Review, 2003

Do Family Values Lead to Family Violence?: A Consideration of the Idea of Family By Matthew Herbst in Quodlibet Journal, July 2003

Motherhood as a Spiritual Path By Sue Delaney in The Way, 2003

The Dual Vocation of Christian Parents By Julie Hanlon Rubio in Theological Studies, December 2002

Family, Family Values and Home By Leon Dyczewski and Barbara Jedynak in the book Values in the Polish Cultural Tradition, 2002

Teaching Sociology of the Family from a Catholic Perspective By Lisa S. Matthews in Catholic Social Science Review, 2005

Integralism and Benevolent Love as Virtue: Directions for Family Studies By Vincent Jeffries in Catholic Social Science Review, 2002

'Church Leadership Has to Be Bold': A Latina Activist Speaks Out By Marianne Arbogast in The Witness, 2002

Too Many Children? The Ethics of Population Control By Thomas Cook in Quodlibet Journal, Fall 2001

The Concept of Child Development in Book I of Augustine's Confessions By David Peddle in Animus, 2001

The “Feminist Pope”? Women and Family in the Social Thought of John Paul II By Patricia Donohue-White in the Catholic Social Science Review, 2000

Family and Education By Adina Vrasmas in the book Values and Education in Romania Today, 2000

Christian Marriage and Family: A Challenging Enterprise By Ennio Mastroianni in Exploration, p. 19, 2000

Ten Ways to Be a Better Grandparent By Patricia L. Fry in St. Anthony Messenger, September 1999

The Family: A Society of Friends By Donald X. Burt, OSA. Chapter 5 of Friendship and Society: An Introduction to Augustine's Practical Philosophy, 1999

The Family: Obstacles to Friendship By Donald X. Burt, OSA. Chapter 6 of Friendship and Society: An Introduction to Augustine's Practical Philosophy, 1999

African Family in Transition By Ian Ritchie. Chapter 8 of African Theology and Social Change: An Anthropological Approach, 1993, 1999

Family Theater at 50: Father Patrick Peyton Remembered By Jack Wintz, OFM, in St. Anthony Messenger, 1997

Does Family Conflict with Community? By Julie Hanlon Rubio in Theological Studies, December 1997

"The Family": Obstacle or Embryo of Civil Society By Paul Peachey in the book Civil Society and Social Reconstruction, 1997

Finding God in Married Love By John and Pat Ryan, Directors of Respite, Inc., Temporary home for disabled childen, Spring 1996

A Parent's-Eye View By Joanne Adams in The Way, 1996

Prayer and Worship By Catherine M. Darby in The Way, 1996

Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried By Kenneth R. Himes in Theological Studies, March 1996

October 1995 Issue of Spirituality Today No Telescoping by the Most Rev. Edward M. Egan, D.D., J.C.D.: Husband and Wife as co-creaters with their God: One couple learns Catholic teachings on marriage. Keeping Your Home Sacred by the Rev. Mark Connolly: The key to keeping your home sacred? See each family member in the image and likeness of God. The Family and Parenting by Dorothy Riera: What do we leave our children?

Symposium: Ethics, Public Policy, and the Future of the Family, Santa Clara University, April 1995
  • Morality, Public Policy and the Family:The Role of Marriage and the Public/Private Divide By June Carbone
  • The Nature of Dependencies and Welfare "Reform" By Martha Fineman
  • Public Morality and Public Policy: The Case of Children and Family Policy By William A. Galston
  • Family Change and Welfare Reform By Jane Mauldon
  • Family Values, Race, Feminism and Public Policy By Twila L. Perry
  • The Deliberate Construction of Families Without Fathers: Is It an Option for Lesbian and Heterosexual Mothers? By Nancy D. Polikoff
  • Many Mothers, Many Fathers: The Meaning of Parenting Around the World By Nicole L. Sault
  • Family Virtues and the Common Good By Michael J. Meyer
  • The Politics of Family Structure By Arlene Skolnik
  • The State of the Family and the Family Policy Debate By David Blankenhorn
  • Attachment 101 for Attorneys: Implications for Infant Placement Decisions By Eleanor Willemsen and Kristen Marcel
  • A Review of Martha Fineman's The Neutered Mother, the Sexual Family, and Other Twentieth Century Tragedies: She Threw Out the Baby with the Old Feminism A Review Essay by Eleanor Willemsen and Michael Willemsen

    The Family: Private or Public By Leon Dyczewski in the book Public and Private Social Inventions in Modern Societies, 1994

    Family, Society and State in the USA: Some Reflections By Paul Peachey in the book Public and Private Social Inventions in Modern Societies, 1994

    A Common Declaration on the Family By the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee, May 1994

    The Family and Abuse: A Personal View By Janet Digby-Baker in The Way, 1992

    Lay Spirituality and the Family By Susan Dowell in The Way, 1992

    Images of Family Life in the Scriptures By Pamela A. Foulkes in The Way, 1992

    Myths and Models of Family By Mary Scarfe in The Way, 1992

    Re-Imagining the Masculine By Evelyn Eaton Whitehead in The Way, 1992

    Modernization and the Sociology of the Family in Central America By Paul Peachey in the book Culture, Human Rights and Peace in Central America, 1989

    Conflict in the Family By Mary Dunn in The Way, 1986

    Parenting for Peace and Justice By Kathleen and James McGinnis in Spirituality Today, Spring 1984

    Handling Life's Crises in the Christian Family By Joseph P. Gillespie, O.P., in Spirituality Today, Spring 1984

    Perspectives on the family in Christian and Jewish traditions By Eugene J. Fisher in SIDIC Periodical, 1981

    The place of the family in Jewish tradition By Lea Di Nola in SIDIC Periodical, 1981

    "Mixed Marriages" and religious liberty By Alexis Blum in SIDIC Periodical, 1981

    Mixed Marriages: Another view By Joseph A. Edelheit and Arthur Meth in SIDIC Periodical, 1981

    WWW, Teilhard, and Family Values for the Future By Ingrid Shafer in Webgeist

    Peace Ideas A publication of the Peace Center, Theosophical Society in the Philippines. Excellent articles, such as: Calming the Angry Child; A Family Activity to Build Self-Esteem; Teaching Respect to Children; When Your Child Throws a Tantrum; Don't Spank Your Child; Handling Selfishness of children

    Family Articles from the magazine Salt of the Earth

    Christian Marriage and Family: A Challenging Enterprise By Ennio Mastroianni, Ph.D., education associate in The Alban Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

    Family Perspectives By J. Bradley Wigger, Professor of Christian Education, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, from Resources for American Christianity

    The Family in Islam From “A Brief Illustrated Guide To Understanding Islam, Muslims, and the Quran”


    National Association of Catholic Families We are Catholic families who try to give one another mutual, moral, spiritual and social support in a culture which is now at war with our values. This we do by linking committed Catholic families locally, nationally and internationally but always with the simpleintention of mutual support. We are answering the Holy Father Pope John Paul's call for families to be what they are

    National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers NACFLM includes in its membership Diocesan and Parish Family Life Ministers, as well as individuals and allied organizations that are interested in promoting a family perspective in ministry

    Prayer in the Home Press Daily scriptural reflections to help Catholic families

    Domestic-Church.Com A site for Catholic families. Updated daily (almost.) Activities, mothers' and fathers' advice, Church teaching, Saints, NFP, humour - supports and encourages bringing faith into daily Catholic family life."

    The Center for Peace in the Family A Catholic Christian Ministry offering marriage/family/personal counseling by telephone

    Administration for Children and Families The ACF, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, brings together in one organization the broad range of Federal programs that address the needs of children and families

    The Family Based on the texts of different world scriptures

    Parents and Children Based on the texts of different world scriptures

    Husband and Wife Based on the texts of different world scriptures

    Strong Families, Strong Schools Based on Strong Families, Strong Schools, written by Jennifer Ballen and Oliver Moles, for the national family initiative of the U.S. Department of Education

    Family Violence Prevention Fund Contains facts, action links and much more

    Stop Family Violence Stop Family Violence is a leading national organization working to bring survivor voices - and the voices of their allies - to bear on the social and political agendas affecting their lives

    Christian Family Movement Online

    Catholic Familyland Home of Apostolate for Family Consecration. Founded in 1975. Supports family life by transforming neighborhoods into God-centered communities in the spirit of Pope John Paul II. This is accomplished through The Apostolate's "Lay Ecclesial Team Evangelization System" that utilizes theologically approved tri-media resources to create community while drawing families into meditative study, prayer and service

    Children, Youth and Family Consortium's Electronic Clearinghouse From the University of Minnesota

    Single Parents Online

    Bethany Family Institute Bethany Family Institute was created: To identify and describe the spiritual experiences and needs of families where one or both partners are Catholic; To offer a means of connecting workers in, and supporters of, marriage and family life ministry in the UK & Ireland & elsewhere; To highlight and create quality resources for families in supporting their spiritual lives; To assist clergy, pastoral leaders, educators and catechists in serving families more effectively; To offer educational opportunities for leadership in family ministry


    The Child: Citizen of Two Worlds 1950 statement by the bishops of the United States

    Every Child Is Precious By Brother Francis in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the English Jesuits, March 2009

    The Biblical Theme of Welcoming Children By David Csinos in McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry, vol 8, 2007

    Vanishing Youth? Solidarity with Children and Young People in an Age of Turbulence Proceedings of the Twelfth Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, April-May 2006

    World Report on Violence Against Children UN Report, 2006

    Young People's Beginning Experience By Jeanne Schaefer in St. Anthony Messenger, 1999

    The Role of Family in the Faith and Value Formation of Children By Roland D. Martinson, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in Word & World, Fall 1997

    Children and Bereavement By Nigel Bavidge in The Way, 1996

    Childhood, Sexuality and Bodyliness By Mary Dunn in The Way, 1996

    Children With Learning Difficulties and the Sacraments By June Edwards in The Way, 1996

    Children in Multifaith Society By Surinder Lall in The Way, 1996

    Who is Jesus. Who is God for Children? By Elizabeth Macdougall in The Way, 1996

    How a Child's Faith Develops By Mary McClure in The Way, 1996

    What is Sacred for Children? By Sonja M. Stewart in The Way, 1996

    Children in Multifaith Society By Margaret Ulloa in The Way, 1996

    More Nations Belatedly Heed Children's Rights By Robert F. Drinan in National Catholic Reporter, Nov 4, 1994

    Children's Rights By By Claire Andre and Manuel Velasquez in Issues in Ethics, a publication of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, Winter 1990

    The Drama of Childhood By Sue Walrond-Skinner in The Way, 1990

    Spanking Hurts Everybody By Robert R. Gillogly in Theology Today, January 1980

    Children Articles from the magazine Salt of the Earth

    United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

    Learn all about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

    Corporal Punishment of Children (Spanking) Interesting data from the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance

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