“We have presented a theological ideal of marriage that is too abstract, almost artificially constructed,” Pope Francis suggested last October.
Pope Francis received all members of the academic community of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in an audience in the Vatican on October 27. The meeting made headlines after Francis’ decision to personally replace Cardinal Robert Sarah for this address.
In his speech, available in English here, at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on the occasion of the opening of the academic year, Francis explained that the Church’s catechesis on marriage sometimes might have been too abstract for the common faithful.
Francis suggested that sometimes teachings on marriage were unable to combat the challenges of contemporary families: “Therefore, we must learn not to be resigned to human failure, but let us sustain the rescue of the creative plan [for humanity] at all costs.”…
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