“Indissoluble Marriage Is Not A Threat to Human Freedom”   Cardinal Kurt Koch Intervenes in the Debate in View of the Synod on the Family

ROME, February 26, 2015 (Zenit.org) – “Fidelity” and “indissolubility” remain indispensable conditions of Christian marriage, confirmed Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, during a conference on the contents of the forthcoming Synod, held a few days ago at Battaglia, of which ample excerpts were reported in today’s edition of L’Osservatore Romano.

In his reflection, the Swiss Cardinal takes note of the present crisis of marriage and of the exponential increase in separations and divorces, singling out as one of the main reasons the “generalized and growing incapacity of persons to take binding and definitive decisions.

It is the triumph of what Pope Francis calls he “culture of the provisional,” according to which “definitive decisions and fidelity are no longer counted among the primary values, because men have become more inconstant in their relations and, at the same time, more desirous of relations.”

Many people seem to exclude a theoretical prospect of “something definitive,” foreseeing already at the start “the eventuality of a failure.” However, the Christian prospect is totally opposed to this and holds that fidelity to a “yes” pronounced to another human being,” will not be crystallized, but will learn ever more profoundly to open itself to the “you” and, in doing this, to attain one’s freedom,” said Cardinal Koch.

In merit of the Synodal debate on the possible conditions of readmission to the Eucharist of remarried divorced persons or those living together, the Cardinal said he was “convinced that credible and useful answers can be found to this thorny question, only if one has the courage to call the problems that are at its base by their name.

Therefore, the matrimonial pastoral needs “a good preparation to marriage, a matrimonial catechumenate equivalent to the old time of engagement.”

Moreover, Christian conjugal love “cannot be limited to itself and turn exclusively around itself, but must come out of itself through children and for children. It is only through the child that marriage becomes family.”


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