AFP reports on Pope Francis’ latest guidance on marriage and separation. Apparently you’re morally obligated to break up your marriage and family if you’re the weaker sex and you’re being humiliated.
Pope Francis said Wednesday that it may be “morally necessary” for some families to split up, marking a change of tone in the Catholic Church’s attitude to troubled marriages.
“There are cases in which separation is inevitable,” he said during his weekly general audience, with a message hoping to encourage greater compassion in the Church ahead of a highly anticipated global meeting on family life in October.
Pope Francis is always changing the Catholic ‘tone,’ and in the process completely tearing down the last vestiges of Christian society. One must be careful not to hand the world a bunch of rhetorical excuses, but then again, ‘who am I to judge?’
“Sometimes, it can even be morally necessary, when it’s about shielding the weaker spouse or young children from the more serious wounds caused by intimidation and violence, humiliation and exploitation,” he said.
Why does Francis say ‘the weaker spouse?’ Do you think that may mean the man, or is he talking perhaps about various gay marriages? What happens if my wife humiliates me? I guess I’m out of luck and I’ll have to stick with her. That’s an ‘intimidating’ prospect. Oops.
I have been exploiting, intimidating and humiliating my wife for twenty-eight years. I know because I’ve heard all about it. Thank God she’s stronger than me and we didn’t have FrancisChurch until just now.
Francis said there were many families in “irregular situations” and the question should be how to best help them, and “how to accompany them so that the child does not become daddy or mummy’s hostage”.
“how to accompany them so that the child does not become daddy or mummy’s hostage?” That bears repeating somehow.
The issue is likely to be addressed during the upcoming synod — a gathering of bishops — on the family, which Francis hopes will help reconcile Catholic thinking with the realities of believers’ lives in the early 21st century.
Could they have a more notorious goal? What in the world are we going to do about our Church in this time of Mercy?