Pope urges better treatment for divorced Catholics

“Having children is looked upon as an inconvenience, but rather children bring so much into family life and so much enrichment that it outbalances the economics of it,” Bishop Rozanski said.

Bishop Rozanski said we can expect to hear more of the pope’s message in September, when he’ll travel to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families conference.

Family and religion have historically been the two most important social institutions, but in the past few decades, as people struggle with the cost of living and wait longer to get married, the economy has become a bigger factor in the way families look. Dr. Laura Hansen teaches a sociology and family class at Western New England University. She said recessions in the U.S. and Europe make people pessimistic about their finances and the future.
Family and religion have historically been the two most important social institutions, but in the past few decades, as people struggle with the cost of living and wait longer to get married, the economy has become a bigger factor in the way families look.
Dr. Laura Hansen teaches a sociology and family class at Western New England University. She said recessions in the U.S. and Europe make people pessimistic about their finances and the future.

WWLP.com

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Pope Francis reminded pastors in a speech Wednesday that divorced Catholics are not to be excommunicated, even though they’re sometimes treated so.

Catholic teaching says divorced Catholics who remarry are living in sin and are not allowed to receive communion. Pope Francis has emphasized that there should be mercy, and there is hope that he might lift the communion ban.

“I think people should take marriage more seriously,” Shelby Delaney told 22News, “but I think they shouldn’t chastise the people that get married, and then realize they made a mistake, and forced them to live with that mistake just because they’re Catholic. To give them that option to get divorced is a great thing.”

Pope Francis has not taken any direct action in making a communion ban happen yet. In his speech he said that estranged couples children suffer and it makes it harder for them to be…

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