Does the Catholic Church teach that the type of love shared between all heavenly members is an affectionate brotherly love mentioned in the Bible, for example, in Romans 12:10 and 2 Peter 1:5-7?

Below are the verses from Romans 12:10:

Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. (NRSV)

Love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honour. (RSV)

(τῇ φιλαδελφίᾳ εἰς ἀλλήλους φιλόστοργοι τῇ τιμῇ ἀλλήλους προηγούμενοι.)

Below are the verses from 2 Peter 1:5-7 (emphasis added):

For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

  • Is the categorization of affection beyond the commonly understood kinds of love used in Greek? Istorge, philia, eros, agape*(ἀγάπη/charity )? My presumption is that eros isn't involved. – KorvinStarmast Jun 21 '16 at 12:58
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    @KorvinStarmast I am asking whether "brotherly affection (φιλόστοργοι)" will be the type of love that is shared between all heavenly members. φιλόστοργοι (perhaps translated as "affectionate love") involves tenderness and warm-feeling experienced between family members or in an endearing relationship, whereas ἀγάπη may or may not. – dweins Jun 21 '16 at 13:47

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