Friday, February 28, 2014

Pope Francis Calls For Love and No Condemnation For Divorced Couples

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Pope Francis has said today that couples whose marriages have failed should be "accompanied" and not "condemned". He said this while responding to queries on his views on divorce and how the Roman Catholic church should treat divorced couples. Today, during the daily mass he holds in the Vatican, he said specifically on the subject of divorced couples,

"When love fails, and it fails many times, we have to feel the pain of that failure, accompany the people who have felt the failure of their love. Don't condemn them! Walk with them! We have to be so close to the brothers and sisters who have suffered the failure of love in their lives."

Pope Francis had on his assumption of office, promised to put the Church in touch with modern life in a way that will draw people closer to God. Since last year, there has been a fierce debate on whether divorced couples should be allowed to take Holy Communion. While he cannot on his own pass church doctrine, nor can this sermon on a pulpit be the final word on the matter, I think his heart is definitely in the right place. God is love, and a lot of us forget that sometimes.

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