Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Pope Francis: The Church seeks truth and healing for wounded marriages

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

Pope Francis said Saturday that the Church suffers with couples who are in a "wounded marriage," and seeks their healing in truth.

Pope Francis meets Roman Rota formation course

Pope Francis meets Roman Rota formation course


By Courtney Mares
Catholic Online (
12/2/2019 (6 months ago)

Published in Europe


Vatican City, (CNA) - Pope Francis said Saturday that the Church suffers with couples who are in a "wounded marriage," and seeks their healing in truth.

"The wounds of marriage today - we know - have many and varied causes: psychological, physical, environmental, cultural - at times they are provoked by the closing of the human heart to love, by the sin that touches everyone," Pope Francis said Nov. 30 in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

"This is why the Church, when she encounters these realities of wounded couples, first of all cries and suffers with them," he said.

Pope Francis said that the Church first seeks to soothe and to heal, and then it "strives to be impartial and objective in seeking the truth of a broken marriage."

The pope met with participants in a formation course on pastoral care for married couples in crisis taking in place Nov. 26-30 organized by the Roman Rota.

The Roman Rota is one of the three courts of the Holy See, along with the Apostolic Penitentiary and the Apostolic Signatura. Among the Rota's primary responsibilities is considering appeals in marriage nullity, or annulment, cases.

Francis said that these situations cannot be treated with "a merely bureaucratic, almost mechanical approach," but is "rather a question of entering into the lives of people who suffer."

"For this reason, even in its canonical and jurisprudential procedures, the Church always seeks only the good of wounded people, seeks the truth of their love; she has nothing in mind but to support their just and desired happiness, which, before being a personal good to which we all humanly aspire, is a gift that God reserves for his children and which comes from Him," he said.

He said that therefore every judge, witness, and all parties involved in a case of a wounded marriage "must always first of all entrust themselves to the Holy Spirit, so that, guided by Him, they may listen with just criterion, know how to examine, discern and judge."

"And this is very important," he added. "A process is not a mathematical thing, to simply see what reason weighs more than the other."

"The Holy Spirit who must guide the process, always. If there is no Holy Spirit, what we do is not ecclesial," he said.

Pope Francis said that it is important for couples to be properly prepared for the Sacrament of Marriage, so that the marriage of Christian spouses reflects the union of Christ with the Church, which he loves as a bride with unfailing love to the point of sacrificing himself on the cross.

He said couples should be prepared to become "missionary disciples as spouses" and "witnesses of the Gospel in family, work and social life, where the Lord calls them."

"It is by looking at this horizon that engaged couples can grow, nourishing themselves with prayer, with the Eucharist and Reconciliation, with sincere concern for one another, with dedication to the brothers and sisters they meet," he said.

"I encourage pastors, bishops and priests to promote, support and accompany this process, so that the Church may be renewed, increasingly becoming a widespread network of communities of witnessing and missionary families of the Gospel," Pope Francis said.


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'

Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Free Catholic PDF's

How to Pray the Rosary, Hail Mary, Our Father, Saints, Prayers, Coloring Books, Novenas, Espanol and more. All FREE to download and faithful to the Magisterium.

Download Now >

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2020 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2020 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.