John M. Becker

Pope Francis Slams 'Bastardized' Marriages

Filed By John M. Becker | October 27, 2014 1:30 PM | comments

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Tags: Catholic attacks on LGBT rights, Catholic Church, gay marriage, marriage equality, Pope Francis, religion-based bigotry, Roman Catholic Church, same-sex marriage

pope-francis-facepalm.jpgIn remarks delivered Saturday, Pope Francis bemoaned the growing divide between civil and religious marriage and slammed as "bastardized" any definitions of marriage and family that do not comport with those of the Catholic Church.

Catholic News Agency, a conservative Catholic media outlet, reports:

In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world.

"The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized," the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience.

He warned against the common view in society that "you can call everything family, right?"

"What is being proposed is not marriage, it's an association. But it's not marriage! It's necessary to say these things very clearly and we have to say it!" Pope Francis stressed.

He lamented that there are so many "new forms" of unions which are "totally destructive and limiting the greatness of the love of marriage."

More, after the break.

Pope Francis made the remarks in front of 7,500 members of the Schoenstatt movement, an international apostolic organization dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The CNA report adds:

Noting that there are many who cohabitate, or are separated or divorced, he explained that the "key" to helping is a pastoral care of "close combat" that assists and patiently accompanies the couple...

In his answers to questions regarding marriage, Pope Francis explained that contemporary society has "devalued" the sacrament by turning it into a social rite, removing the most essential element, which is union with God.

"So many families are divided, so many marriages broken, (there is) such relativism in the concept of the Sacrament of Marriage," he said, noting that from a sociological and Christian point of view "there is a crisis in the family because it's beat up from all sides and left very wounded!"

There is no indication as to whether or not Francis was also referring to families headed by same-sex couples as "bastardized" or calling same-sex marriage "destructive," but such sentiments would be in line with comments he made while he was an archbishop in Argentina, when he called marriage equality "a scheme to destroy God's plan," a "total rejection of the law of God," and "a move from the Father of Lies."

Perhaps the pope was talking tough in an effort to rebuild his standing among conservatives in the Catholic Church after they spanked him earlier this month during the Extraordinary Synod on the Family?

Presenting The Advocate's 2013 "Person of the Year," folks.

h/t: Joe. My. God.

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