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On the Family: Familiaris Consortio

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Pope John Paul II addresses the role of the family in society as a believing and evangelizing community in dialogue with God.
Paperback, 93 pages
Published February 1st 1982 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) (first published December 1st 1981)
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Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The future of humanity passes by way of the family” (86)
This book was given to all young couples going through pre-Cana with us in the 1990's. If it was supposed to be inspirational or even just a guidebook it fails on almost all accounts. I only now read it, some 18 years after my wedding day. I never even opened it before I got married, and I have to say I'm glad I didn't.

This thing reads like a religious textbook, with run-on sentences filled with a mix of extremely specialized religious terminology and/or mysticism. Examples:

"To dominate instinct
Carlos Zambrano
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Es un buen libro es un proco pesado por el heho de ser enciclica y ser doctrinal no esta destinada a ser una lectura ligera ni entregenida pero si marca claramente los lineamientos de una familia Cristiana y de la vocacion al matrimonio. Hay muchas aproximaciones que incluso dentro de la iglesia se podrian llamar innovadores como el papel de la mujer en pa sociedad y el trabajo ademas la paternidad responsable desde la perspectiva catolica. Estos dos temas se aproxima desde una perspectiva de re ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible and prophetic. This encyclical was released nearly forty years ago and the concerns Pope St. John Paul II expressed then are even more applicable today. This should be required reading by all couples, especially those preparing for marriage and family life. Truly beautiful.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ironically, I finished this on a day that Marie Claire posted an article about how couples' views of monogamy are "evolving"; in that light, while the Church is often criticized for not being "with the times," this exhortation from 1980 sounded more relevant than ever.
I particularly found the section on women and the family interesting -- John Paul II clearly defends the idea that women ought to have a place in meaningful work outside the home, but also says that it is a huge mistake not to val
Jessica Westberg
Aug 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The full title of this is "On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World", but this encyclical is full anyone discerning their vocation, and those who have already discerned their vocation. In short, it's for everyone! A beautiful document on the sanctity of marriage and how it is vital to the world!
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This truly is the Magna Carta of magisterial documents on the family. The whole thing is simply brilliant.

St. John Paul II not only covers the pastoral care of the family but lays out an entire conjugal and family spirituality based on the idea of the Domestic Church and the role the family has in the Mission of Christ as Priest, Prophet, and King.

Every married couple must read this.
Sep 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This was the first "serious" church document I read, and it opened up for me the teachings on the sanctity of the family, the role of the family in the work of salvation, and the figure of the church as Christ's bride. The language is engaging and sensitive, yet unwavering. I approached it with reservations, and put it down having gained in conversion.
Argene Clasara
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Clear language. Everyone should read this Apostolic Exhortation to deepen their insights on marriage and family life.
Zeke Taylor
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful exploration of the family and the difficulties they face in the modern world.
Christopher McCaffery
Some very good reflections here. I wonder what the produce of our newest Synod on the Family will be, as this letter is now 33 years old.
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Timeless wisdom from JP the Great. Even more relevant today than it was in 1981.
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Saint Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła was elected Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle. His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years.

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