Council for Marriage and the Family of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference
This council comes under the Episcopal Commission for Pastoral Care
Council for Marriage and the Family
Tel: +353 (0)1 505 3000 Fax: +353 (0)1 601 6401
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Bishop Christopher Jones (Chairman)
Bishop Liam McDaid
Bishop Colm O’Reilly
The natural family, as an intimate communion of life and love, based on marriage between a man and a woman, constitutes “the primary place of ‘humanization’ for the person and society”, and a “cradle of life and love”. . . .the family is the first and indispensable teacher of peace.
Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace 2008
The Council for Marriage and the Family of the Irish Episcopal Conference assists the Bishops’ Conference principally to respond to contemporary issues facing marriage and family life.
The work of the Council for Marriage and the Family of the Irish Episcopal Conference involves looking at ways of developing its mission, vision and resources in the work of supporting each diocese through educational and pastoral initiatives. The Council works in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Family and with other Irish Bishops’ Conference commissions, agencies and councils and with representatives of various organisations who support the Catholic understanding of marriage and the family.
The Christian family is called upon to take part actively and responsibly in the mission of the Church in a way that is original and specific, by placing itself, in what it is and what it does as an “intimate community of life and love,” at the service of the Church and of society.
Since the Christian family is a community in which the relationships are renewed by Christ through faith and the sacraments, the family’s sharing in the Church’s mission should follow a community pattern: the spouses together as a couple, the parents and children as a family, must live their service to the Church and to the world.
POPE JOHN PAUL II, FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO