Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Pope on Marriage

In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world.
“The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized,” the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience.
He warned against the common view in society that “you can call everything family, right?”
“What is being proposed is not marriage, it's an association. But it's not marriage! It's necessary to say these things very clearly and we have to say it!” Pope Francis stressed.
He lamented that there are so many “new forms” of unions which are “totally destructive and limiting the greatness of the love of marriage.”
Noting that there are many who cohabitate, or are separated or divorced, he explained that the “key” to helping is a pastoral care of “close combat” that assists and patiently accompanies the couple.
Pope Francis offered his words in a question-and-answer format during his audience with members of the Schoenstatt movement, held in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding in Germany. 
Roughly 7,500 members of the international Marian and apostolic organization, both lay and clerics from dozens of nations around the world, were present in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall for the audience.
In his answers to questions regarding marriage, Pope Francis explained that contemporary society has “devalued” the sacrament by turning it into a social rite, removing the most essential element, which is union with God.
Courtesy of EWTN.


The Deuce said...

Wow, I'm pleasantly surprised! I think that is exactly what lots of people have been waiting for!

BenYachov said...

So it begins.

The liberals will turn on him because he is not their John XXIV fantasy.

Praise be God the Holy Spirit!

Lord and King of all Truth.

Ed said...


"Close combat" is s phrase I probably wouldn't have thought of in this context, but inasmuch as it suggests wrestling, that sounds exactly right.

Anonymous said...

*Thumbs up*

I notice he stops juuuuuust short of actually saying that co-habitating couples should stop co-habitating, or actually mentioning gay marriage as one of those problematic social rite unions.

But it's a superb start.

B. Prokop said...

I recently discovered a whole new level of meaning in John, Chapter 2 (the Wedding at Cana), that I had never picked up on before. Christ's turning the water into wine could be taken as a sign of what happens in any marriage. I know couples who had lived together, sometimes for years, who found their relationship kicked up to a degree they hadn't dreamed of once they finally got married. The "water" of their common law partnership was transformed into the "wine" of marital union.

Ed said...

My wife and I definitely experienced this, B Prokop. Dated four years before marrying - the relationship changed significantly after the sacrament. I would tell you the grace (or whatever) was palpable.

Not perfect or without friction, but a whole different thing.

BenYachov said...

BTW am I imagining it or has Codj crossed into schismaticvile?

Crude said...

I see no reason to think as much.

BenYachov said...

Codj writes on his blog.

“Let me put it in very simple terms: the ceremonies, vestments, and outward signs which the Catholic Church uses, in the celebration of Novus Ordo masses, are incentives to impiety rather than stimulants to true faith. Capische?”

I reply:

“If anyone says that the ceremonies, vestments and outward signs, which the Catholic Church uses in the celebration of Masses, are incentives to impiety rather than the service of piety: let him be anathema.”- Session XXII Canon 7 Council of Trent

He is either an ignorant convert or he is in open rebellion. It is one thing to speak disrespectfully to the Pope and slander him in regards to his teachings on conscience but contradicting the Faith and questioning the indefectability of the Church.

He is either a Sede or SSPX'er waiting to happen. He needs to pull back…..

Anonymous said...

BenYachov: He is either an ignorant convert or he is in open rebellion.

Nah, he’s just a bit nuts. I have a working hypothesis that we all are, but for most of us our craziness comes out in ways that aren’t noticeable, or are directed at something trivial so if people do notice, they don’t care, or consider it a quirk. If every time you climb the stairs, you can’t help compulsively counting them, big deal. But if it manifests itself about 9/11 or Vatican II, then next thing you know, you’re posting conspiracy theories all over the Internet.

BenYachov said...

>Nah, he’s just a bit nuts.

I would except that one too.

BenYachov said...

Well this bit from the crazy one makes me feel better.

"Once again, Little Trad Friends, our only choice for the foreseeable future is to Suffer & Submit–and Sanctify."