Pope Francis Married Sinners This Weekend, And It's Just What The Catholic Church Needed

September 15, 2014

Pope Francis married 20 couples on Sunday. However, some of the couples were unconventional by traditional Catholic standards, having already lived together and had children. This is the latest sign that Francis wants the Catholic church to be more open to modern times.

Pope Francis marries 20 couples
Alessandra Tarantino/Associated Press

The Roman Catholic Church considers unmarried sex a sin.

"The path is not always a smooth one, free of disagreements, otherwise it would not be human. It is a demanding journey, at times difficult, and at times turbulent, but such is life," the pope said in a homily."Marriage is a symbol of life, real life, not some TV show."

Pope Francis marries 20 couples
Alberto Pizzoli

Francis, who is the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, has expressed tolerance regarding other topics that are traditionally taboo in the Church, asking "who am I to judge?" a gay person "who seeks God and has good will".

Pope Francis marries 20 couples
Alberto Pizzoli

Francis' call for tolerance and inclusiveness marks a significant departure from his traditionalist predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and indicates that change is afoot at the heart of one of the oldest religious institutions in the world.

Sources: Reuters, NY Times, World.Mic

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