Couples who have been “living in sin” and women who had children out of wedlock will be married by Pope Francis at a ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday, in a further sign of his determination to make the Catholic Church more inclusive and compassionate.
They will be among 20 couples from Rome who will tie the knot in St Peter’s Basilica, in the first such ceremony led by the Pope in his role as Bishop of Rome since he was elected in March last year.
For the Vatican, it will be the first such event since Pope John Paul II joined eight couples in matrimony in 2000.
The prospective brides and grooms had varying personal backgrounds, the diocese of Rome said in a statement.
“There are those who are already cohabiting, those who already have children, who got to know each other in Church,” the diocese said.
It’s rather the duty of the priest to aid congregants in moving from a state of sin, such as cohabitation, to one of not sin, like marriage, isn’t it? And it is rather one of the foundations of the Catholic faith that we all err, all sin, but that a confession of such a sin, repentance, plus the attempt not to do it again is meritorious. Well, if not meritorious at least the best way that we sinful humans can deal with matters.
So, priest marries those who have decided to stop sinning. And the news value of this is?