Updated: Pope Francis on Marriage

Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of sacramental marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment.

CHR Comment: I waited to collect this story because it seemed incredible when I first read about it. I was sure there would be a follow up story. Now it is available. Pope Francis initially said that “the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null.” He has officially changed the transcript of his comments to say that “a portion of our sacramental marriages are null.” The article includes further comments about waiting to get married until couples have matured. However, the practice he describes in Argentina seems to assume that pre-marital sex is a given and not much of an issue. So where do Roman Catholic Christians go from here?

The second link below is to commentary from an American professor of canon law. Stay tuned on this issue.

Source: Updated: Most marriages today are invalid, Pope Francis suggests :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/06/what-francis-forgets-about-marriage

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