Saturday, June 18, 2016

Pope Francis understands Modern Marriage

He gets it because he sees modern marriage as it is and not what marriages ought to be and isn't. Quoting from the article,

 "great majority" of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are invalid because couples do not fully realize it is a lifetime commitment, drawing sharp criticism from Church conservatives.

The pope, who has come under fire before for making spontaneous comments about doctrinal matters, was speaking at a question-and-answer session with priests, nuns and parish workers on Thursday night in a Rome basilica.

"We are living in a provisional culture," Francis said in response to a man who spoke of "the crisis of marriage" and asked how the Church could better prepare young couples.

"Because of this, a great majority of our sacramental marriages are null because they (the couple) say 'yes, for the rest of my life' but they don't know what they are saying because they have a different culture," Francis said.

The conservatives can insist on what marriages should be but the fact is that it isn't. Marriages needs healing and understanding anew not hypocritical pretense and judgement. It has gone very far away from what God intended it to be. When it is lost, the common sense response to go find it. The foolish reaction is pretend nothing has changed. Such attitudes will condemn the church to irrelevance.

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