Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Pope Leo XIII on the family...
“The family may be regarded as the cradle of civil society, and it is in great measure within the circle of family life that the destiny of states is fostered.”
Sapientiae Christianae (Jan 10, 1890)
“No human law can abolish the natural and original right of marriage, nor in any way limit the chief and principal purpose of marriage ordained by God’s authority from the beginning: Increase and multiply. Hence we have the family, the society of a man’s house – a society very small, one must admit, but none the less a true society, and one older than any state. Consequently, it has rights and duties peculiar to itself which are quite independent of the state.”
Rerum Novarum (May 15, 1891)