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“We Must Restore Honor to Marriage and the Family,” Says Pope Francis

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Diane Montagna - published on 04/22/15

If we do not find a surge of sympathy for this covenant, capable repairing in new generations this distrust and indifference, children will come into the world increasingly uprooted from it, even from the maternal womb. The social devaluation for the stable and procreative covenant between man and woman is certainly a loss for everyone. We must restore honor to marriage and the family. The Bible says something beautiful: man finds the woman, they meet and man must leave something behind to find her fully. For this reason, a man leaves his father and his mother to go to her. It is beautiful. This means starting down a new road. The man is everything for the woman and the woman is everything for the man.

Care for this covenant between man and woman, even if they are sinners and wounded, confused and humiliated, discouraged and uncertain, is therefore for us believers a demanding and impassioned vocation, in the present condition. The same account of Creation and sin, in its ending, presents us with a beautiful image: “The Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed them” (Gen 3:21). It is an image of tenderness towards that sinful couple that leaves us speechless: the tenderness of God for man and woman. It is an image of fatherly care of the human couple. God himself cares for and protects his masterpiece.

Diane Montagna is Rome correspondent for Aleteia’s English edition.

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