On Marriage

I realise that I might be regarded as old-fashioned by many "modern people" but I am very much with Pope Francis when it comes to his views on marriage and fidelity. The following is a report from "Vatican News" of what he said in Rome earlier today.

Speaking to the pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on the Sixth Commandment, “You shall not commit adultery”, and said that as Christians, our “original call” is "to full and faithful spousal love", which Jesus Christ revealed and gave to us.

Commenting on the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians, he described the concept as “revolutionary” saying that notwithstanding the “anthropology of the time” it affirms that “the husband must love his wife as Christ loves the Church”.

And elaborating on this, the Pope explained that although the Commandment refers “explicitly to matrimonial fidelity”, it also speaks to every human relationship and vocation.

The Pope said the development of human maturity follows the path of love that goes from receiving care to the ability to offer care, from receiving life to the ability to give life. He said that when we become adults we are called to live a spousal and parental attitude, which is manifested in various situations of life, and explained that a person who is “adulterous, luxurious, unfaithful” is really an immature person who “keeps his life for himself” and interprets situations “on the basis of his own well-being and self-satisfaction”.

“To really get married”, he said, “it is not enough to celebrate marriage! We need to make a journey from the ‘I’ to the ‘We’ and think and live for each other”.

Marriage, the Pope said, is a beautiful journey, and true love enables us to find ourselves and give ourselves away.

And referring to the very words of the Sixth Commandment, Pope Francis said that as men and women, body and spirit, we are called to love in ways that leave no room for lust or promiscuity.

The command “You shall not commit adultery," he said, is an invitation to live fully our original calling to that pure and faithful spousal love that is revealed in Jesus Christ. In his mystery, he continued, and in his love we come to understand the full meaning of the gift of our human sexuality and the fidelity demanded by the marriage covenant. The human body is not an instrument of pleasure, but the place of our call to love, and in authentic love there is no room for lust and its superficiality. Men and women deserve more than this!” he said.

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