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Oy!  Shocked Huh? >sad

Francis urges priests to ‘welcome’ cohabitating couples in the ‘style of the Gospel’
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/franci...e-of-the-g

Quote:“At the same time, make yourselves close with the style of the Gospel itself, in the encounter and welcome of those young people that prefer living together without getting married,” he told priests at the Saturday, February 25 event organized by the Roma Rota, the Vatican’s highest ecclesiastical court.

“On the spiritual and moral plane, they are among the poor and the little ones, toward whom the Church, following in the footsteps of her Teacher and Lord, wants to be a Mother that does not abandon but comes close and takes care. These persons are also loved by Christ’s heart. This care of the last, precisely because it emanates from the Gospel, is an essential part of your work of promotion and defense of the Sacrament of Marriage,” he added.
Oy indeed.
The Holy Father seems to believe that some of these arrangements of cohabitation are, in fact, sacramental marriages, which leads me to how this could possibly be so, with respect to form, matter, and intent.
(02-28-2017, 08:24 PM)Sacred Heart lover Wrote: [ -> ]Oy!  Shocked Huh? >sad

Francis urges priests to ‘welcome’ cohabitating couples in the ‘style of the Gospel’
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/franci...e-of-the-g

Quote:“At the same time, make yourselves close with the style of the Gospel itself, in the encounter and welcome of those young people that prefer living together without getting married,” he told priests at the Saturday, February 25 event organized by the Roma Rota, the Vatican’s highest ecclesiastical court.

“On the spiritual and moral plane, they are among the poor and the little ones, toward whom the Church, following in the footsteps of her Teacher and Lord, wants to be a Mother that does not abandon but comes close and takes care. These persons are also loved by Christ’s heart. This care of the last, precisely because it emanates from the Gospel, is an essential part of your work of promotion and defense of the Sacrament of Marriage,” he added.

"Co-habitation" means just "living under the same roof" and is, in itself, neutral; it's extra-marital sex that is sinful. But Francis here is addressing those who "prefer living together without getting married," which implies a sexual relationship. This means he is potentially out-and-out condoning fornication. If he means that these people should be "welcomed" as in they should be invited to attend Mass (and not receive Communion until and unless they repent and affirm their desire to sin no more), be catechized, and convert, then fine. But that isn't what he said. The article reminds us how he even refers to the relationships of (presumably sexually active) co-habiting couples as "real marriages."

The article quotes him as saying, “When you offer this witness, may your care be also to support all those who have realized the fact that their union is not a true sacramental marriage and want to come out of this situation" -- but what about those who don't realize that they are not in a true sacramental marriage and don't want to "come out of this situation" (again, not cohabitation in se, but engaging in extramarital sex)? And why would they even desire to come out of that situation when Francis himself is telling them that they have "true marriages"?

Yeah, he's "making a mess" all right. He seems to love chaos.
                                      He really doesn't get much right anymore.
(02-28-2017, 09:45 PM)Eric F Wrote: [ -> ]                                      He really doesn't get much right anymore.

Wondering about your use of the word "anymore." It implies he used to get "much right" at some time prior to the present, and I'm not remembering such a time.
                                                I'll give him credit for one thing. The prayer vigil Sept 2013 to stop the US from bombing Syria.
Does that mean that i should attend the invalid "wedding" of an associate?
Pope Francis told parish priests taking part in a course on the canonical annulment process that they “are called by every person and every situation to be traveling companions, to witness and to support.”

The course was organized by the Roman Rota in the wake of the documents Mitis Iudex, Mitis et Misericors Iesus, and Amoris Laetitia.

“May your first concern be to bear witness to the grace of the Sacrament of Marriage and the primordial good of the family, the vital cell of the Church and society, by announcing that marriage between a man and a woman is a sign of the nuptial relationship between Christ and His Church,” the Pope told the priests.

“The love of the Triune God and the love between Christ and the Church, His bride, must be at the center of catechesis and matrimonial evangelization,” the Pope continued. Do not tire of showing everyone, especially married couples, this ‘great mystery’ (Eph. 5:32).”

The Pope added:

As you offer this testimony, be sure also to support those who have realized that their marriage is not a truly sacramental marriage, and want to come out of the situation. In this delicate and necessary task, may your faithful see you not only as experts of bureaucratic acts or legal norms, but as brothers who listen and understand them…

At the same time, be neighbors in the style proper to the Gospel, in encounter and welcome, to those young people who prefer to cohabit without getting married, because on a spiritual and moral level they are among the poorest and the least, for whom the Church, following in the footsteps of her Master and Lord, wishes to be a mother who does not abandon them, but rather who approaches and cares for them … This care for the least, precisely because it emanates from the Gospel, is an essential part of your task of promoting and defending the Sacrament of Marriage.

ope Francis also encouraged the priests to establish a “true catechumenate” for marriage, including “the period of preparation for marriage, its celebration, and the years immediately afterwards.”

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=30861