Cardinal Sarah: Crisis of Today's Families Is How Concepts of Marriage, Family Have Changed

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Cardinal Sarah: Crisis of Today’s Families Is How Concepts of Marriage, Family Have Changed

Says Debate on Eucharist for Divorced, Remarried Has Taken Focus Away From the Challenges Facing Families

Vatican City, October 23, 2014 (Zenit.org) Deborah Castellano Lubov

While saying that the Holy Father sees that families today have been attacked and feels their pain and brokenness, Cardinal Robert Sarah has reaffirmed that we must strongly and firmly defend the Church teachings given to us, especially Jesus’ words about marriage.

In an interview with ZENIT this week, the president of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’ says, “Stemming from the effects of a secular and relativistic society, the crisis of today’s family is in how the concept of marriage and family has changed.”

The current culture, he explained, speaks of family without specifying any meaning, referring to “all its forms” as if these situations could become role models.

The cardinal also weighs in on the synod, the Pope’s involvement, and problems facing families worldwide, including in his native Africa, including “harmful ideologies,” paganism, and polygamy.

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I particularly like this one:

ZENIT: Is the Synod addressing these problems?

Cardinal Sarah: During the Synod, there have been recommendations that the Church should affirm and promote her vision of marriage and the family, which the Church has inherited through faith and tradition. We have to listen again to what Jesus said, “In the beginning the Creator made them male and female… For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. They are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Mt 19: 4-6). We must strongly and firmly defend the teachings given to us in Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium of the Church. It is also necessary for the Church to come up with pastoral approaches taking into account these challenges. I do believe this is what we are aiming for in the Synod.

And this one, which is powerful.

The current culture speaks of family without specifying any meaning. Society speaks of family in all its forms – biological, adoptive parent, homosexual – as if [all] these situations could become role models when in reality they are simply a tragic expression of individual problems.

Packed with wisdom…let’s save this article for the endless debates regarding gender ideology.

The “Gender” ideology denies God’s plan for the human family when He created the human persons as male and female. The Gender ideology expresses the desire of men and women of today to free themselves from what is a given fact, from an anthropological, theological and ontological determination that are inscribed in their nature.

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