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The fourth commandment says that one should respect one's parents. I wish to know if the Catholic Church has made some rules which would govern one's conduct towards one's father-in-law and mother-in-law.

  • In-laws are not out-laws so I gather one should respect them as such! – Ken Graham Sep 26 at 20:34
  • And the two become one flesh so each is obligated to respect the parents of the other – Kris Sep 27 at 1:51
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    Right, Ken Graham, becuse you are, by your own admision, "Husband of the greatest woman I have ever known`' ! – Kadalikatt Joseph Sibichan Sep 27 at 3:32
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What is the catholic Church's teaching on paying respect to one's in-laws?

Did not Our Lord say:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”. (John 13:34)

In-laws are simply our extended immediate extended family through marriage.

Our Lord also said:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12: 30-31)

Do not forget that we must love and respect all people, strangers, in-laws as well as those we do not get along with. The Golden Rule applies to all people including our in-laws.

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". (Matthew 7:12)

The Fourth Commandment says that one should respect one's parents. In-laws are family by extension of marriage and they deserve our love and respect. It behooves us as Catholics to follow Our Lord’s words to the best of our ability.

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