In November 2009 the U.S. Catholic Bishops approved a pastoral letter entitled “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” The letter brings together the Church’s key teachings on marriage as both a natural gift and a sacrament. It explains how marriage is a public commitment between a man and a woman, intended for the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. The letter discusses several contemporary challenges to marriage and how the Church addresses those challenges.
The letter is available in English and Spanish. There is also an abridged version in each language. A study guide version is also available, with links to additional resources on specific topics addressed in the letter.