The new rules for preparing for marriage have been launched: longer paths divided into different steps
Vatican City – The Vatican launches new guidelines for preparing for marriage: longer paths divided into various steps, catechesis that continues even after the wedding and greater attention to couples in crisis. The goal is to avoid that a person to get married in church takes a few weeks and then goes into “failure”, as the Pope says, introducing a real “catechumenate” and remembering that it takes years to become priests. and years of seminary. On the man-woman relationship, speaking in another context, that of the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis stressed that the service is not “a matter of women”. “The evangelical service of gratitude for God’s tenderness is not written in any way in the grammar of the master man and the servant woman”, the Pontiff clarified.
To arrive at marriage, therefore, renewed paths, but confirming the line of the Catholic Church, starting from chastity. “The Church must never lack the courage to propose the precious virtue of chastity, even though this is now in direct contrast to the common mentality”, reads the document of the Dicastery for the Laity which traces the new guidelines for preparing for marriage . “It is worthwhile to help young spouses to know how to find the time to deepen their friendship and to welcome the grace of God. Certainly premarital chastity favors this path”. And “even in the event that we find ourselves talking to cohabiting couples, it is never useless to talk about the virtue of chastity”. Abstinence which – again according to the Vatican document – can be practiced in some moments even in the same marriage. For children and young people, beyond the preparation for marriage, there is also talk of sexual education to be received in the same context as catechesis in the parishes. As for couples who are already living together, the Church opens the doors to the sacrament but thinking of ad hoc catechetical courses.
“Pastoral experience in much of the world now shows the constant and widespread presence of ‘new questions’ of preparation for sacramental marriage on the part of couples who already live together, have celebrated a civil marriage and have children. Such questions – underlines the Dicastery for the laity – they can no longer be evaded by the Church, nor flattened within paths traced out for those who come from a minimal journey of faith; rather they require personalized forms of accompaniment “.
The post-wedding it should provide for accompaniment by the Church both because important issues such as “birth regulation” or “child rearing” remain, but also to help the couple not to enter into crisis even if, in some cases, they are “inevitable “, the Vatican admits and in that case the accompaniment must also be guaranteed to those who are experiencing the end of their marriage.
Today the Pope held the general audience, returning to talk about old age and also looking at his current condition: “All the elderly – he said – have limits: I too have to go with a cane”.
Unlimited access to all site content
€ 1 / month for 3 months, then € 3.99 / month for 3 months
Unlock unlimited access to all content on the site