What are some of Pope Benedict’s writings and speeches on Family and Marriage? Can anyone point me to the on-line documents or articles?
Here is one. Speech delivered before US bishops on the occasion of his 2008 US visit.
Here are some excerpts regarding the value of family and marriage:
*…In the family home we experience “some of the fundamental elements of peace: justice and love between brothers and sisters, the role of authority expressed by parents, loving concern for the members who are weaker because of youth, sickness or old age, mutual help in the necessities of life, readiness to accept others and, if necessary, to forgive them” The family is also the primary place for evangelization, for passing on the faith, for helping young people to appreciate the importance of religious practice and Sunday observance. How can we not be dismayed as we observe the sharp decline of the family as a basic element of Church and society?
Divorce and infidelity have increased, and many young men and women are choosing to postpone marriage or to forego it altogether. To some young Catholics, the sacramental bond of marriage seems scarcely distinguishable from a civil bond, or even a purely informal and open-ended arrangement to live with another person. Hence we have an alarming decrease in the number of Catholic marriages in the United States together with an increase in cohabitation, in which the Christ-like mutual self-giving of spouses, sealed by a public promise to live out the demands of an indissoluble lifelong commitment, is simply absent. In such circumstances, children are denied the secure environment that they need in order truly to flourish as human beings, and society is denied the stable building blocks which it requires if the cohesion and moral focus of the community are to be maintained.
…It is your task to proclaim boldly the arguments from faith and reason in favor of the institution of marriage, understood as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman, open to the transmission of life. This message should resonate with people today, because it is essentially an unconditional and unreserved “yes” to life, a “yes” to love, and a “yes” to the aspirations at the heart of our common humanity, as we strive to fulfill our deep yearning for intimacy with others and with the Lord…
Off the top of my head...
Deus Caritas Est includes a section on agape and eros and marriage.
I think that In the Beginning...: A Catholic Understanding of Creation and the Fall touches on marriage, too (in a theology of the body-like way).
Some things that popped up when I searched ZENIT quickly:
- BENEDICT XVI PRAISES SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: Notes How Human Love Is Foretaste of Heaven "Only God's love can fully satisfy our deepest needs, and yet through the love of husband and wife, the love of parents and children, the love of siblings for one another, we are offered a foretaste of the boundless love that awaits us in the life to come."
- BENEDICT XVI: MARRIAGE IS BEAUTIFUL: Encourages Cuban Prelates in Promoting Sacrament
- BENEDICT XVI'S MARITAL TAKE ON PEACE: Pope Links Marriage to the Global Issues, Says Institute
- POPE URGES LOCAL OFFICIALS TO AID FAMILY LIFE: Defends Marriage as a Bedrock Institution
- ON THE HOLY FAMILY: "It Is Worth It to Work for the Family and Marriage"