Following the Archdiocese of Freiburg’s decision to abandoned Jesus’ teaching on the indissolubility of marriage Cardinal Pell told Rome Reports that the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of the family would be an opportunity to draw on the teachings of Jesus which are necessary to protect families undergoing enormous attack:
The Sydney Archbishop admitted that one of the main topics of discussion, even before the Pope’s election, has been the role of the family. So he wasn’t surprised when the Pope called an extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops on that matter.
CARD. GEORGE PELL
Archbishop of Sydney (Australia)
“The family is under enormous attack. Now, we believe, that with the teachings of Christ, that we’ve got something that’s beautiful and that it works. And it brings peace and development and it helps to maintain marriages. Produce good families, open to life.”
That synod, he said, will be followed by a general synod. But Cardinal Pell added that he hopes the end result will be an accurate diagnosis and pastoral strategies to cope with the family issues addressed during the gathering of bishops.
Protect the Pope comment: Cardinal Pell’s words are reassuring about the forthcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family, indicating that it will uphold the teachings of Jesus on marriage. Therefore, the Extraordinary Synod must refute the apostasy of the Archdiocese of Freiburg because Our Lord Jesus Christ said, ‘ “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mark 10:11-12). And in John’s Gospel Jesus said, ‘Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband.’ (John 4: 16-18). And Our Lord also said, ‘Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?’ He answered, ‘Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning “made them male and female”, and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’ (Mt 19:3-6). The Archdiocese of Freiburg has abandoned all these teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man.