1980 Family Synod

On 22 November 1981, the Apostolic Exhortation on the Christian Family in the Modern World, Familiaris Consortio, was published. To mark the 30th anniversary in 2011, the Marriage and Family Life Project Office has prepared a multimedia archive examining the Synod of Bishops on the Family in 1980 whose deliberations inspired the content and structure of Familiaris Consortio.

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On 22 November 1981, the Apostolic Exhortation on the Christian Family in the Modern World, Familiaris Consortio, was published. To mark the 30th anniversary in 2011, the Marriage and Family Life Project Office has prepared a multimedia archive examining the Synod of Bishops on the Family in 1980 whose deliberations inspired the content and structure of Familiaris Consortio.

This is an introductory page.

This article looks at the family and its relationship to the Catholic Church.

An article discussing the preparation for the Synod on the Family

This article describes the impact of Familiaris Consortio in the years just after its publication.

An article on the impact of the publication of Familiaris Consortio

A page examining the legacy of Familiaris Consortio and the issues facing families today.

An article on the 1980 Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome

Family theologian Dr David Thomas advised the US Bishops at the 1980 Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome. The resulting document, an Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, called Familiaris Consortio was released a year later.