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Culture of Marriage | Resolutions

Substitute for resolutions 4, 19, 30,
55, 159, 190, 196, 204, 232, 256,
267, 307, 325 and 343

Supporting a Culture of Marriage

      WHEREAS, marriage is a natural institution based on ancient human values that has been recognized over time as a unique and deeply rooted social, legal and religious institution; and

      WHEREAS, marriage reflects the natural biological complementarity between a man and a woman, which is woven into the social and religious fabric of every major culture and society; and

      WHEREAS, marriage is a natural institution that predates the state, the state is therefore obligated to recognize, respect, and protect it; and

      WHEREAS, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, when speaking on the subject of marriage and the family, has said, “Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity;” and

      WHEREAS, Pope Francis declared in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia “that only the exclusive and indissoluble union between a man and a woman has a plenary role to play in society as a stable commitment that bears fruit in new life;” and

      WHEREAS, the Holy Father also stated that “Marriage is a precious sign, for ‘when a man and a woman celebrate the sacrament of marriage…he impresses in them his own features and the indelible character of his love;’” and

      WHEREAS, the Holy Father also stated in Amoris Laetitia that “By their witness as well as their words, families speak to others of Jesus. They pass on the faith, they arouse a desire for God and they reflect the beauty of the Gospel and its way of life.”

      NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus renews its commitment to supporting the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage.