This Pope even has the temerity to state that fornicating cohabitation can be a source of grace.
Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of sacramental marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment.
“We live in a culture of the provisional,” the Pope said in impromptu remarks June 16. After addressing the Diocese of Rome’s pastoral congress, he held a question-and-answer session.
A layman asked about the “crisis of marriage” and how Catholics can help educate youth in love, help them learn about sacramental marriage, and help them overcome “their resistance, delusions and fears.”
The Pope answered from his own experience.
“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.’ It’s the culture of the provisional. And this happens everywhere, also in priestly life, in religious life,” he said.
“It’s provisional, and 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. Because they have a different culture. They say it, they have good will, but they don’t know.”
He added that a majority of couples attending marriage prep courses in Argentina typically cohabitated.
“They prefer to cohabitate, and this is a challenge, a task. Not to ask ‘why don’t you marry?’ No, to accompany, to wait, and to help them to mature, help fidelity to mature.”
He said that in Argentina’s northeast countryside, couples have a child and live together. They have a civil wedding when the child goes to school, and when they become grandparents they “get married religiously.”
“It’s a superstition, because marriage frightens the husband. It’s a superstition we have to overcome,” the Pope said. “I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity, but there are local superstitions, etc.”
This is stupidity and ridiculousness. More importantly, it is objectively heretical!
Will any bishop or cardinal have the courage to call him out?
Now, according to an analysis by New Catholic at Rorate, the Vatican communications czars are even outright lying in their attempt to cover up Bergoglio's latest insanity:
[NC: One important editorial note. This morning, the Vatican released a transcript of the papal talk, scandalously tampering with what was really said by the Pope. What the Pope said, and was recorded, and is available on video here (starts at 1:14:20), was, "una grande maggioranza dei nostri matrimoni sacramentali sono nulli" ("a great majority of our Sacramental matrimonies are null"). The transcript released by the Vatican says, "una parte", "a part/portion", instead of "a great majority".]It has been noticed by others!
If there are sacramentally invalid marriages, then only a tribunal, properly founded, can declare that. The Pope has a role to play directly in specific circumstances, the Petrine Privilege, but even then; it is only after a Tribunal has investigated and recommended. He has, on more than this occasion, undermined the whole process of annulments established over hundreds of years.
Aside from insulting married Catholics, he has even opened the door for some of them to question whether or not their marriage is valid and that if the Pope doesn't think so, then hey, "let's divorce" and with the garbage he has introduced in Amoris Laetitia, we can all just begin again, with or without a decree of nullity.
If the Pope can question that the majority of marriages are invalid I would like to raise this question.
What about the majority of priestly ordinations or episcopal consecrations?
Given the number of effeminates and sodomites ordained, were they valid priests?
Was child pornography aficionado, Raymond Lahey, the former Bishop of Antigonish validly ordained? If not, then neither were the priests, marriages, confirmations or Masses at which he was involved as a priest.
See where this goes?
The bigger question is this?
Given Bergoglio's comments, was his election as Bishop of Rome even valid?