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Pope Francis to wed couples living in sin? September 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Papa, pr stunts, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, shocking, the return.
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That’s the strong implication of this article from the Daily Telegraph, quoting a spokesman or the Diocese of Rome.  The actual term is cohabiting….whether they have repented of and confessed their sin, and have abstained from fornication for some time, is anyone’s guess:

Couples who have been “living in sin” and women who had children out of wedlock will be married by Pope Francis at a ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday, in a further sign of his determination to make the Catholic Church more inclusive and compassionate.

They will be among 20 couples from Rome who will tie the knot in St Peter’s Basilica, in the first such ceremony led by the Pope in his role as Bishop of Rome since he was elected in March last year.

For the Vatican, it will be the first such event since Pope John Paul II joined eight couples in matrimony in 2000.

The prospective brides and grooms had varying personal backgrounds, the diocese of Rome said in a statement.

“There are those who are already cohabiting, those who already have children, who got to know each other in Church,” the diocese said.

One of the women getting married has a grown-up daughter from a previous relationship and will marry a man who was previously married but obtained an annulment.

The woman, named only as Gabriella, said she never imagined that she would be married by the Pope in St Peter’s.

We didn’t feel worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple,” Gabriella told La Repubblica newspaper. “But the Church under the leadership of Pope Francis has welcomed and embraced us.”

There is just so much wrong with that statement it’s hard to know where to start.  If you have confessed any previous sins and have no currently valid marriage, where is he impediment?  It seems to me rather likely something very significant has been left out of this brief description.  As in, was the previous “relationship” a marriage?

I did see one constant apologist say this is no big thing!  The Church is full of sinners!  These people are getting their relationships regularized, that’s good!  And it is…….but the traditional practice was and is that those persisting in that kind of relationship had to stop their fornication (and cohabitation in almost all cases) to give an indicator of good will and to have their sins washed away through repentance and confession prior to receiving such an august Sacrament.  Simply getting married does not remove the guilt of grave sin due to fornication/cohabitation – it takes Confession to do that.  We also have the reception of the Blessed Sacrament to consider.

But that was in the bad old days.  The obvious doubleplusungood think of back then was that one must show both a true compunction for the sin by abstaining from fornication for quite a while before receiving either marriage or the Blessed Sacrament, and give visible testimony to that by terminating the scandalous aspects of the relationship. I know people who have had to do so at traditional parishes today. Pray God, someone has at least thought to get these souls to Confession before they possibly blaspheme the Holy Ghost.

What do you make of this?  Just hype, no big deal, happens all the time, or something more ominous?  And what does this act mean in light of the upcoming Synod, if anything?

I’m too tired to figure it out.