Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini Recognizes Current Attack on the Family

The Vatican released Pope Benedict's Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on sacred scripture called Verbum Domini, Word of the Lord on November 11, 2010.  Several objectives of the exhortation were mentioned including rediscovery of the Word of God as a source of constant ecclesial renewal and promotion of the new evangelization. In the document, the Holy Father included a section dealing with marriage and the family.

Pope Benedict: New Ideologies “Trivialize the Human Body”

By Hilary White

ROME, November 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The family is under sustained attack from new ideologies that “trivialize the human body,” and distort the purpose and meaning of marriage, Pope Benedict XVI said in a document released by the Vatican today.

In the document, called an Apostolic Exhortation, Benedict wrote that “In the face of widespread confusion … and the rise of ways of thinking which trivialize the human body and sexual differentiation, the word of God re-affirms the original goodness of the human being, created as man and woman and called to a love which is faithful, reciprocal and fruitful.”

The objective reality of marriage being between one man and one woman, he said, was codified by Christ Himself, who elevated “to the dignity of a sacrament what was inscribed in human nature from the beginning.”

The pope identified “the essential responsibility of parents towards their children,” of “authentic parenthood,” being “to pass on and bear witness to the meaning of life.”

“[T]through their fidelity and the unity of family life, spouses are the first to proclaim God’s word to their children.”

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