Pope Francis during his Apostolic Journey to the United States of America this week had this to say on the importance of family and how it is being threatened:
How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life. (Visit to Congress of the United States of America, 9/24/15)
For centuries, the family has been called Ecclesia Domestica or the “domestic church.” But it was Pope Saint John Paul II who brought new insight and application to the Biblical vision of the family when he wrote Familiaris Consortio. Man is created in the image of the God, who is love. God has called man to love.