FrankenPope urges priests to ‘welcome’ cohabitating couples in the ‘style of the Gospel’

FrankenPope urges priests to ‘welcome’ cohabitating couples in the ‘style of the Gospel’

Jan Bentz

ROME, February 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis urged parish priests participating in a Vatican-run course titled the “New Marriage Procedure” to “welcome” cohabitating couples living in fornication who “prefer to live together without getting married.” The pope did not ask priests to admonish such couples for living in grave sin nor did he ask them to work for their conversion and repentance.

“At the same time, make yourselves close with the style of the Gospel itself, in the encounter and welcome of those young people that prefer living together without getting married,” he told priests at the Saturday, February 25 event organized by the Roma Rota, the Vatican’s highest ecclesiastical court.

“On the spiritual and moral plane, they are among the poor and the little ones, toward whom the Church, following in the footsteps of her Teacher and Lord, wants to be a Mother that does not abandon but comes close and takes care. These persons are also loved by Christ’s heart. This care of the last, precisely because it emanates from the Gospel, is an essential part of your work of promotion and defense of the Sacrament of Marriage,” he added.

Last year Francis said that cohabitating couples are in a “real marriage” and receive the grace of the Sacrament. “I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity,” he said at that time.

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6 comments on “FrankenPope urges priests to ‘welcome’ cohabitating couples in the ‘style of the Gospel’

  1. What about simple fornicators who live alone and just do sleepovers — you know, traditional fornicators? Where’s the mercy for them?

  2. Wally: Dad, can I go to this new summer camp on “committed relationships?” A lot of guys are signing up.

    Ward Cleaver: Is this run by that new football coach? Fred Rutherford is concerned about him.

    Wally: No, dad, and besides, Lumpy says Coach Sandusky is a real straight arrow. The commitment camp is run by the new health teacher, Miss Weld. She likes me to call her “Tuesday.” Kinda funny, huh?

  3. Beaver Cleaver: I guess you better ask Wally about that crazy new teacher, huh?

    Ward Cleaver: Now, Wally, what’s all this about some new teacher at school passing around bananas in a Health class?

    Wally: I guess Beaver told you about it. Well, that’s just it, Dad. The new teacher for the sex-ed class is Tuesday Weld.

    Ward: Tuesday Weld? From the Dobie Gillis show? She’s the teacher passing around bananas in your class???

    Wally: Yeah. Tuesday Weld. Pretty nutty, huh?

    Ward: Tuesday Weld???? June! June! We may have a real problem on our hands!

    Tuesday: I’m going over Wally Cleaver’s house after school to review the homework on Amoris Laetitia.

    Ward: I’m going to call the school board!

    Eddie Haskell: Well, Mrs. Cleaver, I did notice that Miss Weld was focusing a lot of attention on Wallace and asking him to spend time after school. I’m sure they were just working on homework. But with all of the Frankfurt School training these new teachers receive in college these days, you never know. I understand she’s been reading Freud and Kinsey.

    Kookie: Man, like, that chick will blow their minds!

    Beaver: She’s probably part of the International Communist Conspiracy that Tail Gunner Joe and the Birchers are always talking about or some crazy junk like that!

    Maynard: Man, like, a girl like that can get you into a lot of trouble, Dobie!

    Dylan: Particularly if she knows where the hipster reefer bars are where the Beatniks drink coffee and listen to hip jazz while talking about existentialism and modern art, man!

    Ward: It’s a bit more serious than we thought, June.

    June Cleaver: I just knew there would be problems when the boys started watching
    77 Sunset Strip and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.

    Tuesday: Well, Wally, now that Pope Francis says it’s OK, I think that cohabitation is just marvelous!

  4. Ward Cleaver: Now, Wally, did anything else unusual happen at school today that your mother and I should know about?

    Wally: Well, Coach Sandusky announced that he’ll be taking showers with the team before and after practice from now on. He said that showering together will help build team spirit as he gets to know each one of us a little better. He calls it “male bonding” or something like that….

    Ward: The coach is going to take a shower with the team???

    Ward: Yeah. He says that he can help us lather up with soap in hard-to-reach places that need washing and scrubbing like the lower back area. But he also wants to take showers with each team member privately, starting alphabetically….

    Ward: Now, Wally, I don’t want to shock you, but that doesn’t sound normal for an adult male football coach to suggest taking showers with teenage boys….

    Wally: Well, gee, Dad, we thought it was kinda strange that he had hired Liberace as the Offensive Coordinator. Boy, when he got in the shower with us some of the guys thought it was kinda….

  5. Ward Cleaver: Wally, it’s time we had that talk I mentioned to you awhile ago.

    Wally: That’s OK, dad. I’m kinda up to speed because Eddie had this magazine …

    Beaver: Dad, are you gonna tell Wally why the Callaghans have tons of kids and we only have two?

    Wally: Aw, Beav, you weren’t supposed to say that in front of dad. Anyhow, Miss Weld covered that today in health class, and said if the coach is creepy that I could come shower at her place. She lives right next to the school.

  6. Ward: Now, Wally, this is very serious. Did anything else unusual happen at school today?

    Wally: Gosh, Dad, you’ll never believe what the coach tried to do after he got in the shower with me….

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