Apostolic Exhortation Analysis

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This is an Apostolic Exhortation by Pope John Paul II promulgated following the 1980 Synod of Bishops. It was issued on November 22, 1981. It outlines major themes in understanding family dynamic. In this encyclical, the Pope wants to guide the Christian family in the contemporary world to live the human values that foster marriage and family life according to Christian faith.
Knowing that marriage and the family constitute one of the most precious of human values, the Church wishes to speak and offer her help to those who are already aware of the value of marriage and the family and seek it to live it faithfully.
The pope asserts that the future of the world and of the Church passes through the family. The opening paragraphs of this document
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It is psychological because it is linked with the inner being of the human person; this is why in the same vein, the pope stresses that sexuality is an act that is proper to man and woman, who totally commit themselves as husband and wife through marriage until death. He explains that when there is a physical union between man and woman, it must aim at personal self-giving.
Sexuality, by means of which man and woman give themselves to one another through the acts which are proper and exclusive to spouses, is by no means something purely biological but concerns the innermost being of the human person as such. It is realized in a truly human way only if it is an integral part of the love by which man and woman commit totally to one another until death. The total physical self-giving would be a lie if it were not the sign and fruit of a total personal self-giving.
According to the plan of God, marriage is the foundation of the wider community of the family i.e. a community of persons brought to life by love. Since the very institution of marriage and conjugal love are ordained to the procreation and education of children, in whom they find their crowning. The principal novelty of FC is the profundity with which it succeeds in showing how the various goods and properties of marriage flow from the very reality of the person and his innate vocation to
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In this regard, the Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it cooperates in sex education, by entering the same spirit that animates the parents. In this context education for chastity is essential, for it is a virtue that develops a person’s authentic maturity and makes him or her capable of respecting and fostering the “nuptial meaning” of the body. Indeed, Christian parents, discerning the signs of God’s call, will devote special attention and care to education in virginity or celibacy as the supreme form of that self-giving that constitutes the very meaning of human sexuality. For this reason, the Church is firmly opposed to an often-widespread form of imparting sex information dissociated from moral principles. That would merely be an introduction to the experience of pleasure and a stimulus leading to the loss of serenity-while still in the years of innocence-by opening the way to
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