Since the beginning of the world, marriage and blessing have been inseparable, and Jesus not only restored, but elevated this blessing of marriage to a sacrament. As a sign of Christ's living presence in the world, marriage is special blessing to our communities.
This statement reiterates and further explores the blessing of marriage as a public commitment between a man and woman. It emphasizes the unitive and procreative aspects of marriage, the relationship between the two aspects, and the sacramental nature of marriage. There is also a deep and thorough discussion of the contemporary challenges to marriage in today's world and how the Church addresses those challenges.
Also available in Spanish.