Pope Francis urges couples to ‘work on love’ and take their engagement seriously

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Pope Francis officiated at the weddings of 20 couples at St. Peter’s Basilica in September 2014. Religion News Service photo by Cathleen Falsani

Pope Francis officiated at the weddings of 20 couples at St. Peter’s Basilica in September 2014. Religion News Service photo by Cathleen Falsani

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Betrothal is, in other words, the time in which two people are called to work on love, a shared and profound task,” the pope said.

  • Ben in oakland

    “Without mentioning Ireland’s approval last week of a same-sex marriage referendum, the pope described marriage as “the alliance of love between a man and a woman.”

    In the United States, gay marriage is decried by its opponents and the church as pulling marriage away from its fundamental goal, having a penis and vagina present for purposes of procreation. They say that marriage should not be about adults goals and desires, but only about having a penis and vagina present etc.

    And yet, here is the pope is saying that marriage is in fact all about adults goals, purposes and desires: “an alliance of love.” Well, which is it?

    And why is it that gay people are not allowed to have this alliance of love?

    And of course, the pope didn’t mention the election in Ireland. That would disturb his narrative completely.

    Meanwhile, where are the papists who regularly post, Who think that Francis isn’t quite right wing enough for their taste? I’d truly love to hear their…

  • Greg1

    No I think the pope is fine. He has gotten the Church out of a narrow focus, and instead broadened the perspective. In other words, he is preaching the gospel of 360 degrees. And in doing so, he will hit all areas of Faith and Life. In this case, he has chosen to highlight the Plan of God for marriage, and the proper raising of a family, one that will yield a healthy society, and a stable civilization for years to come. That is the reality God has given us. To choose otherwise brings societal destruction. Life runs in cycles, and it won’t be long until people begin to see the wisdom in God’s ways.