Pope: Marital separation can be ‘morally necessary’ to protect kids

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-DIVORCE, originally transmitted on June 24, 2015.

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(RNS) Francis' comments came as part of a wide reflection on conflicts within families -- “the most ugly thing!” -- during which he focused on the lifelong damage wrought on children whose parents fight.

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  • Katelyn

    A person using the name Jerry has regularly been posting rude, insulting, and sexist comments on RNS articles. Most of his comments are being removed and/or have been cited as abusive. If you see more of his comments here in the same vein, I encourage you to click the report abuse link. I doubt that Jerry has the fortitude to make a real apology or to change his ways.

  • Larry

    The vatican acknowledges domestic abuse happens!!

    They are a bit late to that party. Thanks for nothing. The church’s arbitrary notions of marriage and its dissolution have been enabling abuse and violence for many many generations.

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  • JR

    Again, another ignorant and baseless attack by that inmate, Larry. Yet we must patronize him so he doesn’t go completely batsh*t…

  • Terry

    JR, I think a fair comparison of your post and Larry’s clearly points to you being the more crazy and attacking one. By several miles.

  • Greg1

    Terry, Larry has a one sided view of these things, and that is from a secular perspective. Marriages traverse many rough roads, but those struggles oftentimes bring couples closer. Others flee when the going gets tough. The Christian position is to sacrifice as much as can be withstood before separation, as the separation does more damage to the children, than staying together. How many children who have been brought up in broken families, see their own families break up, as they have not understood sacrifice, and on and on it goes. “Through sickness and in health, through good times and in bad…” Those words are supposed to mean something.

  • Larry

    Your position is to make generalized pronouncements of the state of all marriages without a hint of insight. All to support a categorical and arbitrary rule concerning marriage.

    What kind of arrogance, ignorance and delusions of omniscience does it take to say in all situations staying married is a good thing.

    It’s exactly this sort of nonsense which enables abuse within a household. How many spouses and children do you turn a blind eye to because you think their marriage is more important than the abuse they endure? All because you are too lazy and arrogant to ever consider anything beyond a blanket arbitrary rule divorced of context.

    Some marriages deserve to fail. Some must for the sake of its members. Stop promoting abuse.

  • myth buster

    Two things: First, the Pope is not saying anything new. What he said here has long been in the Catechism. Second, separation is not divorce. There is no such thing as divorce among Christians. A Christian marriage can only be dissolved by death, and if anyone pretends to divorce and take a new spouse while the first still lives, the same commits adultery in full view of the public. Such a sinner is not to be admitted to the Lord’s Supper unless he or she first renounces the sham marriage and either separates from the paramour or promises to live as brother and sister. If, however, the lawful spouse has since died, the two are free to marry, though they must still confess their previous adultery and be married in Christ, else they will stand guilty of fornication. The bed undefiled in marriage is honorable above all, but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.