Vatican City, (EFE).- The Pope Francisco Today he wished that a document with “possible itineraries of accompaniment” be drawn up as soon as possible, specifically dedicated to separated couples, divorced couples and those who have remarried so that they do not feel abandoned by the Church.
This is how it reads in the preface written by Francisco of the document published today by the dicastery (Vatican ministry) of the Laity, Family and Life dedicated to giving some guidelines in marriages, in their preparation and to avoid their failure.
Francis values the publication of this text, but adds that it is his “fervent wish that this first Document be followed as soon as possible by another, in which concrete pastoral methods and possible itineraries of accompaniment are indicated, specifically dedicated to those couples who have experienced the failure of their marriage and they live in a new union or have remarried civilly”.
“The Church, in fact, wants to be close to these couples and also walk with them so that they do not feel abandoned and can find in the communities accessible and fraternal places of welcome, help in discernment and participation,” Francis writes.
In the document published today it is said that “we must welcome and especially value the pain of those who have suffered unjustly separation, divorce or abandonment, or have been forced to break the coexistence due to mistreatment of the spouse”.
The document published today does not address the issue of giving the Eucharist for divorced and remarried Catholics that has divided the Church in recent years. And it only indicates that “divorced people who have not remarried – who are often witnesses to marital fidelity – must be encouraged to find in the Eucharist the nourishment that sustains them in their state”.
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On the other hand, the document indicates that “despite all the support that the Church can offer Christian couples, there are, however, situations in which separation is inevitable.”
“Sometimes it can even become morally necessary, when it is precisely a matter of removing the weakest spouse, or young children, from the most serious wounds caused by arrogance and violence, discouragement and exploitation, alienation and indifference”, they add, but stress that “it should be considered as an extreme remedy, after any reasonable attempt has been useless”.