It's hard to read when you have steam coming out of your ears but I've read the blow-by-blow a few times on Rorate and it seems to me, that's what he said.
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.
That's quite an indictment of catechesis. However, in our stupidest hour in a parish run by a raging apostate who doesn't give a flying fig about the salvation of the two people in front of him, the vows are intentionally written in the interest of full disclosure:
"I, ______, take you, ______, to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life until death do us part."
Does he think the all the Confirmations of teenagers are invalid?
How about the parents who haven't seen the inside of a Church since their own baptism who bring their own children to the Font of Baptism in the Catholic Church? All invalid??
What about priests who don't realize what they've gotten themselves into, their ordinations are invalid?
Please. Nobody ever really knows the challenges and difficulties that lie ahead. We are not sorcerers.
The number of people getting married in the Catholic Church who believe what they're doing is something temporary is could dance on the head of a pin.
..and brace yourself:
He added that a majority of couples attending marriage prep courses in Argentina typically cohabitated.
It seems it never occurred to him that this outcome is the results of his teaching and leadership. This is what happens when you stop the river of Sanctifying Grace to make it all about you.
“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.”
Grandparents?! Good grief.
And all the family members of Catholics who suffered your silence and watched their loved ones die before they 'became grandparents' would like to give you a swift kick in the backside for your 'accompaniment'to that end.
As if the above wasn't enough, he subordinated the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church to shacking up:
“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.
Does this make saints out of people having one-night stands? LOL.
Quite frankly...It's kinda scary how backwards it all is.
You know what gets me about this revelation?
In his mind he spent his vocation standing by watching a majority of priests simulate a sacrament and sentencing a majority of Catholics to live in a perpetual state of adultery.
And you have to love the 'twitters' of Catholics who should know better - like Robbie George:
This is entirely possible. The erosion of the understanding of what marriage is has consequences for what people do.
A 'majority' of Catholic Marriages are invalid?
That is ridiculous.
This might well be the worst case papal asshattery in the history of the Church. It's going to be hard to trump this but I have a feeling we won't have to wait too long.
Excellent comments at Rorate and Fr. Z's.
Our Fr. Z is a cool cucumber!