Pope Francis Resigning After ‘Marriages Today Are Invalid’ Controversy?

Pope Francis Resigning After ‘Marriages Today Are Invalid’ Controversy?
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Pope Francis had recently said that “the great majority” of current Catholic marriages are invalid. A monstrous wave of criticism ensued after the comment.


It was reported that he made the comment on Friday, during an unscripted question-and-answer session at a Roman conference. The Pope’s comment had generated anger and confusion among many.

The Pope said that the people of this planet live in a “culture of the provisional,” and due to this, most spiritual marriages are actually nothing.

“…because they say ‘Yes, for the rest of my life’ but don’t know what they are saying. … They say it, they have good will, but they don’t know,” Pope Francis said.

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A senior Australian bishop reacted to the comments by saying that the Pope’s words were nothing but insane and projected himself as someone who is not a theologian.

Bishop Peter Elliott said that marriages could be considered invalid if couples who could have children were determined not to do so. According to The Australian, he said that if couples saw their marriage as a trial, it shows there is a lack of commitment to a eternal union.

After the Pope made the comment on Friday, the Vatican released its official transcript of the encounter on Saturday. In the transcript, they had changed the comment by stating that a certain “portion of our sacramental marriages are null.”

Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said that the change in the statement is an approved revision made by the Pope himself.

Earlier, the Pope had made some controversial statements. They include comments like communists are “secret Christians,” and that Europe is an “infertile grandmother,” says Vatican Radio.

However, it is now being asked whether the Pope should resign from his post. According to a CNN article from 2015, Pope Francis had said that he expects his position as Pope will be short.

He said it could be not more than four or five years.

“I do not know, even two or three. Two have already passed. It is a somewhat vague sensation,” he said. He was elected in 2013, and the  statement about a short-term pontificate was made by him in 2015.

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  • I accurate the statement by Pope Francis about a short pontificate may simply mean he intends not to waste time and to accomplish whatever changes he envisions, if any quickly and then perhaps either die of old age, be assassinated, or resign to have some retirement time. Jesuit order clergy do not retire per say but get lighter and lighter duty assignments as they physical abilities and stamina decline with age. I met one for example who was pastor of a small Northwest coast parish and enjoying himself with obvious delight in that assignment.