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The Pope has shown his modern stripes this week, opening the door to discussion about how the Church should handle separation and marriage breakdown and for our generation it is a long time coming. Pope Francis stood at the front of his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square and spoke of his belief that some marriage breakups are inevitable.

“It is true … that there are cases when separations are inevitable. Sometimes they can even become morally necessary,” he said to the crowd.

“Around us we find several families in so-called irregular — I don’t like this word — situations, and we pose ourselves many questions. How can we help them? How can we support them? How can we support them so that children do not become hostages of their father or mother?” the Pope said.

Francis said he was referring to cases of domestic violence and exploitation, affecting the weaker partner or small children and his discussion opens up a can of worms for the Church which has avoided dealing with modern domestic challenges as they have emerged in recent decades nor addressed the need for or challenges of divorce, preferring instead to flatly disapprove of it.  This shift to accommodate people in abusive situations is the first move, and I ask – is it the first step in the Church accepting the plights of modern day marriage are not always positive and shouldn’t be forced to last forever if they are not?


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  1. I think he is a wonderful human being, who will do a lot to lesson the hardships of many people of the world Catholic or not.

  2. I am not Catholic ,but I did marry one, he has no compunction or thought of faith when he cheated, and I had no hesitation when I divorced him

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  3. Love this man even though I am not a catholic he has brought the Catholic religion into the 21st century
    Pipe Francis will be a pope to be remembered

  4. He is the first pope to express any understanding of marital issues. He seems to understand many issues relating to the church that need to be changed. However the rest of the church hierarchy no doubt will oppose change – hopefully his views don’t put him in jeopardy !!

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    • Agreed Margaret. Let’s hope that he’s protected by the openness of the modern world. Questions would be asked if anything did befall him.

    • There was another pope in the days I was a practising Catholic. Forget his name, must be 30 or 40 years ago. He felt for his sister who had a large family. He was only pope for a week or so and then was found dead in his bed. A lot of suspicion was around

    • Ann, I think you might be referring to Pope John Paul I who died in 1978 after being pope for 3 weeks. Paul VI was his predecessor & John Paul II was his successor.

    • Yes Dalveen that is correct! As far as I can remember. There was a rumour, about the manner of his death. Great suspicion about it.

  5. I am not a catholic but this man have a lot to teach Catholics and other religions I hope they support him !

  6. If you are in a bad marriage it is YOU that gives YOURSELF permission to leave/divorce. Not God, nor any man. You.

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    • Great response, so silly to think that a Pope saying it makes any difference, mind you he is the best they gave had in a long time.

    • I understand what you’re saying but it really does make a difference to some. I know people that have separated but wont divorce or remarry because of their beliefs. This will make a big difference to them.

  7. I am a non practicing Catholic, and if anyone could get me back to the church it is Pope Francis.
    I think he is amazingly compassionate and in touch with all the harsh realities of our world.

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  8. I think he’s a very up to date Pope. I am a catholic, but there needs to be a lot of changes. I married a divorcee but couldn’t marry in the church.

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