Joshua M Mueller



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What does it mean to love someone in the eyes of the Catholic Church? What is a parent’s role to their children? What are some of the different “tasks” that a family is supposed to complete in the eyes of the Catholic Church? This project strives to answer these and other questions as they relate to the Catholic Church’s view on Family Love. This will be done through the use of Gaudium et Spes (1965, specifically looking at Marriage and the Family) as well as Saint Pope John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio (1981) and Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia (2016). The project will not settle on one time period, but really three different ones as is evident by the texts listed. We will see what the council said at the outset as Vatican II closed. Then we move to Pope John Paul II’s time as pope and see how the roles and views may have changed. We will then conclude looking at modern day thoughts on Family Love with Pope Francis’ text.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project - Undergraduate

Primary Advisor

William H. Johnston

Primary Advisor's Department

Religious Studies


Stander Symposium project

The Catholic Vision of Family Love: The Second Vatican Council to Pope Francis