Friday, October 21, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 82

82.  The Synod Fathers stated that "the growth of a mentality that would reduce the generation of human life to one variable of an individual's or a couple's plans is clearly evident".90 The Church's teaching is meant to "help couples to experience in a complete, harmonious and conscious way their communion as husband and wife, together with their responsibility for procreating life.  We need to return to the message of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae of Blessed Pope Paul VI, which highlights the need to respect the dignity of the person in morally assessing methods of regulating birth...The choice of adoption or foster parenting can also express that fruitfulness which is characteristic of married life".91 With special gratitude the Church "supports families who accept, raise and surround with affection children with various disabilities".92

90 Relatio Synodi 2014, 57.
91 Ibid., 58
92 Ibid., 57