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Pope Pius XI—Casti Connubii: On Christian Marriage | Full

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 10, 2022 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“Matrimony was not instituted or restored by man but by God; not by man were the laws made to strengthen and confirm and elevate it but by God, the Author of nature, and by Christ Our Lord by Whom nature was redeemed...”

Casti Connubii, or “of chaste wedlock”, was a papal encyclical promulgated by Pope Pius XI on December 21, 1930, in response to the approval by the Anglican Communion’s seventh Lambeth Conference of birth control for married couples.

Over 90 years later, this encyclical has lost none of its relevance. In it, Pope Pius delivers a sweeping defense against the many threats to marriage that are still prevalent today. Priests and catechists involved in marriage preparation, take note!

Pope Pius first discusses the nature and the dignity of Christian marriage, as well as its many benefits to family and to society. He then addresses the many errors and vices opposed to marriage before finally describing the principal remedies to the problems afflicting marriage in the present day.

Pope Pius XI’s encyclical on marriage contains many truths forgotten even among faithful Catholics. Originally released on this podcast in three parts, Casti Connubii is now available to be listened to in a single continuous episode.



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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for, the host and “voice” of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. A film and voice actor based in New York City, he holds a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. See full bio.

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