Monday, 29 December 2014

Pope Francis - Quotations from an address on the Family - HOLY FAMILY SUNDAY, STM TORONTO


QUOTATIONS FROM A RECENT ADDRESS GIVEN BY POPE FRANCIS

“The crisis in the family has produced an ecological crisis, for social environments, like natural environments, need protection. And although the human race has come to understand the need to address conditions that menace our natural environments, we have been slower to recognize that our fragile social environments are under threat as well, slower in our culture, and also in the Catholic Church. It is therefore essential that we foster a new human ecology.”

“It is necessary first to promote the fundamental pillars that govern a nation: its non-material goods.  The family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation.  Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity.

The Holy Father goes on to say: “That is why I stressed in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium that the contribution of marriage to society is “indispensable”; that it “transcends the feelings and momentary needs of the couple.” (n. 66)
POPE FRANCIS WITH MSGR. STEENSON, OUR ORDINARY

The Church affirms that at the heart of the family is the beauty of complementarity between man and woman in marriage.  This is not a cultural or social construct but is foundational to human flourishing.

Pope Francis again: “Do not fall into the trap of being swayed by political notions. Family is an anthropological fact – a socially and culturally related fact. We cannot qualify it based on ideological notions or concepts important only at one time in history. We can’t think of conservative or progressive notions. Family is a family.”

Pope Francis:  “I urge you to lift up yet another truth about marriage: that permanent commitment to solidarity, fidelity and fruitful love responds to the deepest longings of the human heart.  I urge you to bear in mind especially the young people, who represent our future. Commit yourselves, so that our youth do not give themselves over to the poisonous environment of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love, going against the common pattern.”

English language translation of Pope Francis' Italian address, delivered on November 17, 2014 in the Vatican Synod Hall, at the Colloquium on the complementarity of Man and Woman.



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