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    Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    Marriage


    I need something explained to me.

    When Jesus was explaining to Peter that divorce was no longer OK, Jesus also added something like "Let those accept it who can.".

    I don't suppose that has anything to do with the Pope's remark that:

    Pope Benedict cautioned the ecclesiastical judges against a notion that has arisen since Vatican II: the idea that an indissoluble marriage is an idea that not all Christians can be expected to reach.

    Sounds like it to me, but I must be wrong.

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    Speaking to the judges and officials of the Roman Rota-- the tribunal that handles appeals of decisions by local marriage tribunals-- the Holy Father insists that Church tribunals must uphold the truth about Christian marriage, and particularly its permanence.

    When marriage is seen only as the union of affections, the Pope explained, “marriage not only becomes contingent-- as human affections can be contingent-- but appears as a superimposed legal structure which human will can manipulate at will, even denying its heterosexual character."

    Pope Benedict cautioned the ecclesiastical judges against a notion that has arisen since Vatican II: the idea that an indissoluble marriage is an idea that not all Christians can be expected to reach. That attitude, he pointed out, runs directly counter to the Scriptural injunction: “What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder."

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