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

Two Cases: Allegations of Abuse and Conviction of Abuse

Mother whose son died in 2005 decided she had to come forward with her son’s story about archbishop’s abuse because she knew the first victim.

CHR Comment: Normally I do not repost or comment on these stories with allegations against church officials. However, the release of this story alongside another case moved me to add something to the history log about these events. Sadly, such cases of abuse are all too real and destructive to the life of the church and to human beings generally. The problem of sinful abuse is ever present where corruption prevails.

The first story is about Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Guam who is relieved from his duties while under investigation after three allegations of abuse. The story explains that Apuron continues to hold the title of archbishop and that the Roman Catholic Church claims the sole right to investigate and judge their clergy, a matter that goes back to medieval distinctions between civil and canon law and the jurisdictions that applied with each. Although this case is still under investigation, recent history has included many examples of abusive clergy brought to justice.

The second story link below is about a “Christian” English teacher, Richard Huckle, who taught in Malasia for c. 9 years, repeatedly abused children, and even composed a manual on how to commit such sins and get away with them. A London court has given him 22 life sentences. His case perhaps presents the most compelling argument for the death penalty, given the callous, destructive nature of his crimes. Huckle is a most dangerous, predatory person who wants others to repeat his crimes. Keeping him alive seems exceptionally dangerous to the most vulnerable persons in society.

Source: Temp archbishop arrives to oversee Guam Catholics

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/06/world/britain-asia-child-abuse/index.html