Thursday, October 20, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 81


81.  A child deserves to be born of that love, and not by any other means, for "he or she is not something owed to one, but is a gift",87 which is "the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of the parent".88  This is the case because, "according to the order of creation, conjugal love between a man and a woman, and the transmission of life are ordered to each other (cf. GEN 1:27-28).  Thus the Creator made man and woman share in the work of his creation and, at the same time, made them instruments of his love, entrusting to them the responsibility for the future of mankind, through the transmission of human life".89

87 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2378.
88 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction Donum Vitae (22 February 1987), II, 8:  AAS 80 (1988)
89 Relatio Finalis 2015,63.