BBC News did a little piece on the ceremony at St Peter's Basilica earlier today. Naturally it had a nice leftist twist to it. I await the full text. Meanwhile I'll comment (in red) on the snippets that BBC did see fit to publish.
Sunday's ceremony at St Peter's Basilica in Rome comes three weeks before a meeting of Catholic bishops from around the world to examine church teachings on family matters. A mere three weeks! How about that? Coincidence?
Very slowly, the church under the guidance of Pope Francis is facing the fact that many Catholic couples cohabit before marriage, use contraception freely and divorce and remarry without seeking an annulment, says the BBC's David Willey in Rome. Mr. Willey, the Church has always been aware of these matters. The Church has been around much longer than you or I have been alive, and has been dealing with these matters regularly during these past 2000 years. Mr. Willey, these "facts" as you call them are sins. Got that? They are transgressions against God's laws and they always will be sins, and will be treated accordingly.
He (the Pope) said in his homily that families are bricks that build society, but also believes that the church should forgive those who have sex outside marriage or who don't obey church teaching to the letter. Well, the Church does forgive such sins and has been doing so these past 2000 years - in the Sacrament of Confession. But they must be sacramentally confessed for they are mortal sins. That's why I went into such a long discussion about the Sacrament yesterday.
As I said, I'd love to see the full transcript of today's nuptial homily. No doubt some important details were omitted (inadvertently, of course).