"The great majority of our sacramental marriages are null." An extraordinary, irresponsible and ridiculous claim:https://t.co/8H75YKSlkV— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) June 16, 2016
“It’s the culture of the provisional,” said the Pope at a question-and-answer session on Thursday. “Because of this, the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null. Because they say ‘yes, for the rest of my life!’ but they don’t know what they are saying.”
According to Francis, the church is currently experiencing a crisis of marriage because couples “don’t know that it’s indissoluble, they don’t know that it’s for your entire life.” From The Washington Post:
Marriage, in Catholic teaching, is a sacrament, an “original gift from God to humanity,” says the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website. “It is a permanent, faithful, fruitful partnership between one man and one woman.” The USCCB says divorce “claims” to break marriage, but only a church tribunal can say that a marriage isn’t valid because a real bond never existed. One of the reasons church courts may give for annulling a marriage is to say that the parties were unprepared.
“I heard a bishop say some months ago that he met a boy that had finished his university studies, and said ‘I want to become a priest, but only for 10 years.’” said Francis. “And this happens everywhere, also in priestly life, in religious life.”