Marriage, Family and Relationship Resources

Marriage & Family

March, 2015


Marriage & Family Resources

Church Documents on Marriage and Family (Church teachings)

  • Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope)
  • Familiaris Consortio (The Christian Family in the Modern World)
  • Humanae Vitae (On Human Life)
  • Instrumentum Laboris– The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World, 2015.
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 369-373, nos. 1601-1666, and nos. 2331-2400. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2000.
    The referenced paragraphs provide a concise summary of church teaching on the unity of a man and woman and the purpose of marriage and family.
  • Second Vatican Council. Selected passages from the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes), nos. 47-52. December 1965.
    Key passages include the dignity of marriage, the role of the family, and the duty of society and the Church to support families.
  • Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Charter of the Rights of the Family. October 22, 1983.
    Addressed to governments, the document presents foundational principles for use in formulating marriage and family policy and legislation.

Pope Francis on Marriage & Family

  • Article: It’s not about the dress or photos. It’s about the mission
  • Address of his holiness Pope Francis to the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi on the ‘Ad Limina’ visit.
    “There is no aspect of family life – childhood and youth; friendship, engagement and marriage; spousal intimacy, fidelity and love; interpersonal relations and support – which is excluded from the healing and strengthening touch of God’s love”

Family Planning

familyNatural Fertility Services Canberra Region offers education in the Sympto-thermal Method, a modern, safe and effective method of fertility management.  Sympto-thermal is a fertility awareness-based approach to fertility management that empowers women and their partners to manage their fertility naturally throughout all stages of a woman’s fertile life.

For a variety of information about Natural Fertility Services, see Catholic organisation Smart Loving’s blogs about relevant services.

Raising Children

Relationship Support


Sexuality & Relationship Resources

Relationship Education Programs for Schools

The Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation provides a variety of programs to schools in the Archdiocese ranging from a puberty and personal development program for Yr5/6 students and their parents to fertility management programs for Yr 11/12 students. >> Find out more

Church Documents on Sexuality

The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality:

Educational Guidance in Human Love:

Same Sex Marriage

  • Don’t Mess with Marriage – A pastoral letter from the Catholic Bishops of Australia
  • Q & A on Same-Sex Attraction and Marriage, by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
  • Archbishop Anthony Fisher’s spoken and written presentation on Same Sex Marriage – ‘Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Evolution or Deconstruction of Marriage and the Family?’

Topics of Sexuality



  • Video on issues around life and Abortion


  • Video on issues around life and Euthanasia

Reproductive Technologies

  • Video on the struggle of infertility and a discussion around IVF