Links to Catholic Church Teachings on Family Life Education

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The Ontario Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document, Grades 1-8: Family Life Education has an extensive bibliography that cites a range of documents relevant top Family Life curriculum in Ontario in Elementary Schools. This post gives the same resource with hyperlinks to the documents.

Update: Since its original post several other relevant resources have been released which are included here.

Second Vatican Council Documents

Apostolicam Actuositatem (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity), 1965

Gaudium et spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World) 1965

Papal Documents

Humanae vitae (Of Human Life), 1968, Pope Paul VI

“Theology of the Body“, 1979-1984, Pope John Paul II

Familiaris consortio (The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World), 1980, Pope John Paul II

Charter of Rights of the Family, John Paul II, see Origins 13 (Dec. 15, 1983), pp.461-464 also Pontifical Council For The Family The Family And Human Rights

Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life), 1995, Pope John Paul II

Pope Benedict XVI on Marriage: A Compendium, 2008

Deus caritas est (God is Love), 2005, Pope Benedict XVI

Spe salvi (In hope we were saved)

Caritas in Veritate (Love in Truth), 2009, Pope Benedict XVI

Amoris Laetitia (On Love in the Family), 2016, Pope Francis

Documents of the Holy See

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1997 (index)

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2005

Persona Humana Declaration On Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, 1975, Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Donum vitae (Instruction on Respect for Human Life), 1987, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Educational Guidance in Human Love, 1983

General Directory for Catechesis, 1998

Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons – Homosexualitatis problema, 1986, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Instruction Dignitas Personae On Certain Bioethical Questions, 2008, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, 1995, Guidelines for Education Within the Family 1995

Vademecum for Confessors Concerning Some Aspects of the Morality of Conjugal Life, 1997, Pontifical Council for the Family

Documents by Canadian Catholic Bishops

Pastoral Message of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Encyclical “Humanae Vitae”, 2008

Pastoral Ministry to Young People with Same-Sex Attraction, 2011

Pastoral Letter to Young People on Chastity, 2011

Documents by the Ontario Catholic Bishops

Family Life Education for Secondary Students: A Message to the Catholic Education Community, 1996, Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops (now ACBO)  (print only)

Intimacy and Sexuality, 1994, OCCB (print only)

Pastoral Guidelines to Assist Students of Same-Sex Attraction, 2004

The Human Person, Love, and Sexuality, 2016

Documents by Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association

Respecting Difference, 2012

Documents by the Institute for Catholic Education

Curriculum Links Between The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education, Interim Edition, 2010 (revised) and the Fully Alive Program and Other Catholic Education Resources, 2010

Health & Physical Education Resources, 2015

Supplemental Resources for Fully Alive to Support Catholic Teachers with the Ontario Curriculum, Health and Physical Education, 2015


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