See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

98. Celibacy and marriage do not compete with one another. Again, as Saint Ambrose taught: “We do not praise any one of them to the exclusion of others…. This is what makes for the richness of the discipline of the Church.” Celibacy and marriage are complementary vocations because they both proclaim that sexual intimacy cannot be an audition. Both celibates and married persons respect the structure of covenant love and avoid “trial” or conditional intimacy. Both celibacy and marriage reject sex in the context of what Pope Francis called the “throwaway culture.” Both celibacy and marriage reject sexual relationships premised merely on satisfying erotic desire.


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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