Pope Francis: Marriage is One Man and One Woman

Pope Francis made his position on marriage abundantly clear.  Via LifeSiteNews:

In his first encyclical letter, released this morning, Pope Francis has reiterated that marriage is a union of one man and one woman for the procreation and nurturing of children.

This lifelong pledge is possible only in the light of a greater plan for marriage, he said: “Promising love for ever is possible when we perceive a plan bigger than our own ideas and undertakings, a plan which sustains us and enables us to surrender our future entirely to the one we love.”

Titled Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), the encyclical is known to have been authored mainly by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was still working on it at the time of his abdication and it strongly reflects the theological style of Francis’ predecessor. In his introduction, Pope Francis wrote that he merely “added a few contributions of my own.”

Section 52, on Faith and the Family, calls the family the “first setting in which faith enlightens the human city.”

“I think first and foremost of the stable union of man and woman in marriage,” he said. “This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation, whereby spouses can become one flesh (cf. Gen 2:24) and are enabled to give birth to a new life, a manifestation of the Creator’s goodness, wisdom and loving plan.

“Grounded in this love, a man and a woman can promise each other mutual love in a gesture which engages their entire lives and mirrors many features of faith. Faith also helps us to grasp in all its depth and richness the begetting of children, as a sign of the love of the Creator who entrusts us with the mystery of a new person.”

12 comments
ana
ana

No, laws are created for the common good, such as laws against prostitution or theft or perjury. George Washington also said, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports....the mere politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and cherish them." It's bad folks cannot see the demise of our nation as it becomes more lawless; and sad that this thoughtful discussion ends or questions asked are unanswered. I don't need the last word, what else would you hope to add to this?

ana
ana

Grandma: can you see how only 'absent from harm" / your definition, is hurting people? Post abortion syndrome sees women harming themselves/+having anxiety attacks; same-gender have high suicide rates, promiscuous people have STI/STDs , promiscuous women w/fatherless children live in poverty and scars, breast cancer epidemic in pre-menopausal women linked to the hormones and abortion { see Breast Cancer Prevention Institute|} Catholic Church is not a government but they will teach how to govern oneself as original post

ana
ana

Yes, the more one does what is good, the freer we become. Catholic Catechism defines freedom: "power, reached in reason and will, to act or NOT TO ACT,, to do this or that, and to perform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility." It is not "doing whatever we want". although yes, in America, one may; even God does not force, neither does the Catholic Church. Indeed, faithful Catholic&Christian families are thriving and living peacefully in this land of havoc. George Washington also said: "It is the duty of all nations,to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor." GOD decides good and bad, evil and moral through the Catholic Church and in the Bible. thoughtful Grandma, come on over to the sanity

StraightGrandmother
StraightGrandmother

Did you *really write*, "Freedom is being free to choose the good"? Who decides on the "good"? LOL! Freedom and Liberty is; absent harm to others, we each live according to *our own* moral code. Not a legislated moral code, *our* moral code. That is Freedom & Liberty. Again, absent harm to others. IF the church is *so terrific* she will be able to attract adherents and a majority of our populace will then be living under what you call a "good". And they will be doing so voluntarily, not because they are forced to under the law, but because they want to.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

all Christians believe this, not just catholics, only people that don't believe in God believe it is ok

Dana Massey
Dana Massey

But, StraightGrandmother, what is so Catholic about what he said? I'm not a Catholic, either, but I love what he wrote.

StraightGrandmother
StraightGrandmother

That is fine for Catholics, I have no issue with it. However we are NOT the United Catholic States of America. We don't live under the US Catholic Constitution.

StraightGrandmother
StraightGrandmother

Teaching is fine ana, forcing through Civil Law is another thing. Because the force of law restricts Liberty and Freedom, and I won't have that. You want to prevent, through force of law, people making bad decisions for themselves (because you *know what is best* and can prove it), and I don't. Are you one of those people who will keep going and going and going until they take that coveted Last Word, by taking the <Last Word you think that that means you won? I do not covet the Last Word and only keep commenting when I have something new to add. When conversations funnel down to a repetition of already stated points I stop. I think I have made my point simply and clearly so I will be stopping here.

ana
ana

Catholic means universal. The Church wants all to embrace virtue such as purity, chastity, +humility in order to live in peace. What do you want? License?

StraightGrandmother
StraightGrandmother

I think that is terrific, the virtues of the Catholic church. But you asked me what do I want? Freedom & Liberty. IF the Catholic Church has all the answers, truly has the philosophy that will lead us to our best lives possible, then the Catholic Church should be able to attract enough adherents so that the majority of the populace is living out Catholic ethics. AND they are doing so because they voluntarily choose to. That is true Liberty and Freedom, when you voluntarily live your life, especially your sexual life according to the religion you have voluntarily chosen. The Catholic church has absolute Liberty and Freedom to evangelize and draw in adherents who voluntarily live out Catholic ethics. If you think your church has the answers, simple draw people into your church. What the church cannot do is by force of law, force Catholic ethics onto the entire populace, including those who reject those ethics and are NOT Catholic. Catholic doctrine rejects birth control also, and oral sex. Shall we make Civil Laws banning birth control and oral sex? Once we as a country start limiting the Liberty and Freedoms of *all citizens* based on what is a "sin," is the day we become a theocracy.

ana
ana

The Church only welcomes; no force; 1st President George Wash. said, "Among the things indispensable to freedom are religion and morality; there USED to be laws against contraception, passed by largely Protestant America ; unraveling these by populationist-birth controllers in the early 1900s saw the rise in divorce, illegitimacy, female poverty, abortion and sodomy is indisputable.

ana
ana

^the above should say, this is indisputable^. Freedom is being free to choose the good; your definition of freedom and liberty sounds like license to me which is freedom that is used with irresponsibility or deviations from the good. Then,when the good is taught , consciences can be properly formed and good behaviors, decisions and consequences can follow