Marriage and family life are extremely important to the Catholic Church. The Bishops' Conference has an office for Marriage and Family Life.
The Catholic Church has a long tradition of recognising the importance of healthy marriage and family life to the wellbeing of individuals, neighbourhoods and to the Church itself.
The future of humanity passes by way of the family.
Pope St John Paul II, York, 1982
The roots of the institution of marriage lie in our nature. Male and female we have been created, and written into our nature is this pattern of complementarity and fertility. Christian teaching fills out this pattern and reveals its deepest meaning.