We support and defend the institution of marriage as the basic foundation of society. We advocate for tax, workplace, welfare and divorce policies that enhance family unity. We support the fundamental rights of parents, and advocate for children’s well-being.
"As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live." - Blessed John Paul II.
The Vatican has provided guidelines and the U. S. Bishops have promulgated norms for marriage preparation. Individual dioceses have developed various policies within these parameters.
The definition of marriage that has been recognized throughout all history - one man and one woman - is being challenged in today's society.
A national survey of Catholics examine their understanding of Catholic teaching on marriage, their attitude about marriage, and their personal experience in marriage preparation, the sacrament of marriage and daily married life.