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'We must feel the pain of the failure and accompany those who have failed in their love. Not condemn them!'

Pope Francis addressed a hot-button topic within the Catholic Church this past weekend: divorce. The pontiff called upon the fait6hful to show support for those whose marriages have failed in his morning Mass on Sunday.

The pope repeated the Gospel passage: 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.'

The pope repeated the Gospel passage: "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/3/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, divorce, support


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "See how beautiful this love is, how beautiful marriage is, how beautiful the family is and how much love and closeness we must have for our brothers and sisters who have experienced the calamity of a failure in love," the Pope said.

Citing Mark 10:1-12, Jesus tells his disciples that "what God has joined together, no human being must separate," and that divorcing a spouse and marrying another is committing adultery.

The pope repeated the Gospel passage: "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."

But, in a dramatic turnaround, the Pope said, "When this love fails - because many times it fails - we must feel the pain of the failure and accompany those who have failed in their love. Not condemn them! Walk alongside them."

In the excerpts broadcast by Vatican Radio, Pope Francis didn't mention the discussion about the family and the pastoral care of divorced Catholics that he had on February 20-21 with members of the College of Cardinals.

Those who recognize marriage as a sacrament, a reflection of God's love for the Church, should have even greater sympathy for husbands and wives whose relationships have failed, Pope Francis has said.

Pope Francis opened a major two-day meeting last month on the church's approach to the complexities of modern family life. He told the world's Catholic cardinals that the faith needs a "pastoral" approach that is "intelligent, courageous and full of love" and not focused on abstract arguments.

In brief introductory remarks released by the Vatican, Francis pushed the closed-door summit of about 150 cardinals to "deepen the theology of the family and discern the pastoral practices which our present situation requires."

He asked that they do so "thoughtfully" and by keeping the focus on "the beauty of family and marriage" while at the same time showing that the church is ready to help spouses "amid so many difficulties." Francis added the phrase "intelligent, courageous and full of love" extemporaneously.

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