Pope Francis is sharing his thoughts on marriage, and it may not be exactly what’d you’d expect from the world’s highest-ranking Catholic. While addressing the Diocese of Rome’s pastoral congress on Thursday, the pope shared why he felt the majority of today’s sacramental marriages are not valid.
“They say ‘yes, for the rest of my life!’ but they don’t know what they are saying,” the pontiff explained, according to Catholic News Agency. “Because they have a different culture. They say it, they have good will, but they don’t know.”
Pope Francis also explained that for today’s couples, marriage preparation is a problem, and based on his comments, seemed to think living together before getting hitched is a good idea.
“They prefer to cohabitate,” the pope said of some of the couples he came across during marriage prep courses in Argentina. “ . . . to accompany, to wait, and to help them to mature, help fidelity to mature.”
He added, “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.”
How about that, Abuela?