Pope Francis: ‘Union of Man and Woman in Marriage’ is ‘Fundamental’ For ‘Whole Societies’

Pope Francis reasserted the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage on Monday, stressing the “complementarity” between man and woman – the two complete each other – and adding that “children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother.”

“[T]he contribution of marriage to society is ‘indispensable,’” said the Pope.

At the launch of a three-day conference on the “Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage,” sponsored by the Vatican’s office for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis said he hoped the meeting would inspire “all who seek to support and strengthen the union of man and woman in marriage as a unique, natural, fundamental and beautiful good for persons, communities and whole societies.”

Complementarity happens when “one of two things adds to, completes, or fulfills a lack in the other,” said the Pope, explaining that this completion, or coming together, of man and woman in marriage reflects a “harmony” that was “made by our Creator.”