Your Catholic Voice Foundation affirms the primacy of the family as the first cell of society, the first church, first government, first school, first hospital, first economy, and the first mediating institution of society.
A just philosophy of government is predicated upon the understanding that the family is the first government and that all other government must first be at its service. In his marvelous apostolic exhortation on the family (The Role of the Christian family in the Modern World) Pope John Paul II affirms the social and political role of the family and calls for the development of a family politics. We embrace this challenge through our educational mission of helping Catholics, other Christians and all people of good will to understand, respect and promote the family as the first vital cell of human society.
We affirm the two- parent, marriage bound family as the foundation of civil society. In so doing, we also secure the safest most secure support for those families that have suffered from the ravages of the break down of the family. By defending the two parent, marriage bound family we also ensure a stable social order wherein single parent families and others can find the greatest support and wherein true compassion for all can be best advanced.
We affirm that parents are the first teachers of their children and that all education begins in the home. We support the fundamental educational mission of parents as the first teachers of their children and the right to choose from a full array of options, public, private, parochial and charter schools, no matter what their economic status, as an extension of that educational mission. We support any effective and constitutionally sound efforts to encourage, empower, and support all parents in extending their educational mission, no matter what their economic conditions, through parental choice.
We support parents, students, associations, organizations and religious institutions who support and defend the family. We also oppose what undermines the stability of the family. That includes our opposition to efforts to advance or somehow protect the denigration of human persons through seeking to protect pornography as free speech. It is neither speech, nor does it promote authentic human freedom and flourishing.
We live in a culture infected by a misguided notion of freedom as a raw power over others; a society that all too often treats persons as products. This has led to a loss of a bedrock understanding of basic human dignity and a confused notion of human sexuality that denigrates women (now even children) and views people as objects to be used.
It is through defending and promoting the family that authentic freedom and a restoration of human dignity will be restored.
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