Prefect for The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11
00193 Rome , Italy.
Secretary General, Synod of Bishops
Palazzo del Bramante
Via della Conciliazione, 34
00193 Roma, Italy.
“The seventh is the sacrament of matrimony, which is a sign of the union of Christ and the Church according to the words of the Apostle: This sacrament is a great one, but I speak in Christ and in the Church. The efficient cause of matrimony is usually mutual consent expressed in words about the present. A threefold good is attributed to matrimony. The first is the procreation and bringing up of children for the worship of God. The second is the mutual faithfulness of the spouses towards each other. The third is the indissolubility of marriage, since it signifies the indivisible union of Christ and the Church”. Further, the Lord God has said to Adam: “Increase and multiply, and fill the earth”. (Gen:1: 28) Therefore the intention of the Lord God is clear, that is, increase and multiply and fill the earth.