08 FAITH FORMATION "before and after marriage" - Isabelle Cousturie

posted Jun 27, 2018, 10:26 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 10:26 AM ]
Faced with the "predominant culture of the ephemeral and provisional" that weighs on Catholic marriage, Pope Francis proposes for young couples a catechumenate "as effective as possible" before and after the celebration of marriage — the first to prepare them for the Sacrament, the second to accompany and support them "spiritually" in their common life, especially in view of the Christian education they will have to give their children. "Too many sacramental marriages are null and inconsistent; it must be remedied," said Pope Francis, as he received the judges and lawyers of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, on the occasion of their new judicial year. "You need to identify, with courage and creativity, a training project for young married couples, with initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of the sacrament received."

"Young spouses must feel that the Church loves them and is close to them!"

A great opportunity for evangelization

"Some couples are actively involved in parish life, others come for the first time; some have intense prayer lives, while others have a more general, less precise religious feeling," the Pope said. Preparing all of these couples is "a true opportunity for evangelization," which allows young adults to "renew their faith" and to "rediscover marriage and family, according to God's plans."

The Sovereign Pontiff made a severe diagnosis of the unions celebrated by the Catholic Church, deploring the "invalidity" or "inconsistency" of a great many of them. "Null because the couple say yes for life, without knowing what they say, because they have a different culture," he explained. "They have goodwill, but are not aware of the sacrament."