Pope Recognizes Divorce As "Morally Necessary" In Some Cases, Which Is Against Church’s Position
To everybody’s surprise, Pope Francis said that it may be acceptable or even "morally necessary" for married couples to split if they are at war with each other.
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, an organization that traditionally has radically opposed divorce, said that separation is even more justified if a wife is being abused by her husband.
The Pope's statements came during the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Vatican.
There are cases in which separation is inevitable. Sometimes, it can even be morally necessary, when it's about shielding the weaker spouse or young children from more serious injuries caused by intimidation and violence, humiliation and exploitation, neglect and indifference.
The Pope has shown a more understanding approach to issues, such as divorce and same-sex marriage, since he was elected two years ago, although he hasn’t introduced any doctrinal change.
In addition, he said that a global war against marriage is underway, and Catholics must face it by helping couples to stay strong and by providing pastoral care to those who have difficulties.
Today there is a global war to destroy marriage. Today you do not destroy with weapons, you destroy with ideas. It is ideological colonization that destroys.
Christian unity is a priority, because we realize that much more unites us than separates us. pic.twitter.com/QEkTcrgmXn— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) October 31, 2016
Finally, he shared his definition of marriage with those present:
Marriage is the most beautiful thing that God has created. In marriage, man and woman become one flesh, the image of God. When you divorce one flesh you sully the God's image.
The pontiff told a story in which he remembers meeting a couple who had been married for 60 years and, when asked if they were happy, they responded with tears in their eyes: "We are in love!"
Pope Francis has been recognized for his revolutionary ideas, but he always follows the teachings of the Catholic Church.