See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
109. Because celibacy is so countercultural, a risk exists even in parishes that it might not be fully understood. Single persons “deserve the special affection and active solicitude of the Church, especially of pastors.”Not only pastors, but also families and single people themselves, should take concrete steps to ensure that “single” in a Catholic context is clearly not the same as being lonely or isolated. Single people need fellowship for sharing their burdens and sorrows, as well as accountability and opportunities for service. “The doors of homes, the ‘domestic churches,’ and of the great family which is the Church must be open” to the unmarried.
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
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