Pope sees ‘global war’ against marriage, urges church help for couples
Pope Francis said a global war against marriage is underway and Catholics must respond by helping couples stay strong and by providing pastoral care to those experiencing difficulty.
“Today there is a global war to destroy marriage,” the pope said on 1st October during a meeting in Tbilisi with priests, religious, seminarians and laypeople active in parish life.
“Today you do not destroy with weapons, you destroy with ideas,” the pope said. “It is ideological colonisation that destroys.”
The only way to defend marriage against the onslaught, he said, is to help couples “make peace as soon as possible, before the day ends, and don’t forget the three words: ‘May I?’ ‘Thank you’ and ‘Forgive me.'”
“Marriage is the most beautiful thing that God has created,” Pope Francis said. In marriage, man and woman become one flesh, “the image of God.”
“When you divorce one flesh you sully the God’s image,” he said.
Picture: Pope Francis greets people during a meeting with volunteers and people receiving assistance from the Catholic Church near an assistance centre run by the Order of St Camillus in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 1st October. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: couples, marriage, Pope, Pope Francis, Tbilisi