December 22, 2014
Pope sends new message to the divorced
In a new show of his refreshing views on the Catholic Church traditions and mandates, Pope Francis pledged to “support” and “don't condemn” those who have "failed" in their marriage, during his daily homily at the Santa Marta papal residency today.
“Love fails many times,” the pontiff said and called Catholics to “feel the pain of the failure, walk along with the person who has suffered the failure of love.”
“Don’t condemn them, walk with them,” Francis stated only a week after a meeting he held with cardinals to discuss family-related issues such as contraception, cohabitation, divorce and gay relationships. In the gathering, he urged cardinals to be "intelligent, courageous and loving" in their debate.
“How nice is marriage, how nice is family, how nice is going this way and how much love. How much nearness we must offer to our brothers and sisters who have suffered the hardship of failing in love,” the first Latin American pope in history insisted today and called to “not fall into casuistry.”
“That is the trap, behind casuistry there is always a trap against people, against us and against God.”