Archive of January 27, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 27, 2007

Pope exhorts Roman Rota to defend marriage against relativism

Jan 27, 2007 - 05:47 pm .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI received in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota for the inauguration of the Judicial year.  The Holy Father exhorted the Rota members to work towards recovering the intrinsically juridical dimension of matrimony in harmony with the tradition of the Church, and doing so without allowing themselves to be seduced by a relativistic mentality.In his speech the Holy Father reflected on the legal dimension of matrimony, reminding them that “in the cases of matrimonial nullity, the accuracy of the process presupposes the ‘truth of marriage,’” an expression which, “however, looses its essential relevance in a cultural context marked by relativism and juridical positivism and which considers marriage as a mere social formalization of emotional bonds.”