Many Faiths, Common View on Marriage: Men and Women Are Created for Each Other

From Ryan T. Anderson:

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I’m particularly thankful for marriage—both on a personal level and for the critical role it plays in society. Today, my parents will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. And last week, I was able to join hundreds from around the world at an International Interfaith Colloquium hosted by Pope Francis at the Vatican on the complementarity of man and woman.

The Vatican conference brought together speakers from more or less every faith tradition on the face of the earth: Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Taoist. The speakers hailed from 23 different countries, representing all the continents that are inhabited by man. While the speakers came from many different faiths, they all shared a common view: that men and women are created for each other. The speeches and videos were amazing, and I encourage you to check them out. Here I just want to highlight five presentations:

Pope Francis opened the symposium by noting that “children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother.” He also spoke of an ecological crisis of culture and urged participants to care for their social environments: “The crisis in the family has produced an ecological crisis, for social environments, like natural environments, need protection.” Cardinal Gerhard Muller echoed Pope Francis, saying that “children have a natural, inherent right to a father and a mother to live with them.” This gets it just right: marriage unites a man and a woman as husband and wife so that children may have the love of their mother and father.

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