Proposition 48 : THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Established by the sacrament of matrimony, the Christian family as the domestic Church is the locus and first agent in the giving of life and love, the transmission of faith and the formation of the human person according to the values of the gospel. In imitating Christ, the whole Church must dedicate herself to supporting families in the catechesis of children and youth. In many cases the grandparents will have a very important role.
At the same time the New Evangelization should strive to address significant pastoral problems around marriage, the case of divorced and remarried, the situation of their children, the fate of abandoned spouses, the couples who live together without marriage and the trend in society to redefine marriage.
The Church with maternal care and evangelical spirit should seek appropriate responses for these situations, as an important aspect of the new evangelization.
Every pastoral plan of evangelization should also include a respectful invitation to all those who live alone, to experience God in the family of the Church.
It is necessary to educate people in how to live human sexuality according to Christian anthropology, both before marriage as well as in marriage itself.
The Synod notes with appreciation those families who leave their homes in order to be evangelizers for Christ in other countries and cultures.