Vatican City, Jun 9, 2021 / 12:00 pm
Pope Francis on Wednesday urged priests, bishops, and married couples to work in cooperation to strengthen the life of the Church through the goods of marriage and family.
In a video message to an online forum taking place this week, the pope said that “the family is ‘a domestic Church,’ the place in which the sacramental presence of Christ acts between spouses and between parents and children.”
“In this sense,” he continued, “‘the experience of love in families is a perennial source of strength for the life of the Church,’ constantly enriched by the life of all the domestic Churches. Therefore, by virtue of the Sacrament of Marriage, every family becomes to full effect a good for the Church.”
“Co-responsibility for the mission therefore calls upon married couples and ordained ministers, especially bishops, to cooperate in a fruitful manner in the care and custody of the domestic Churches,” Pope Francis said.
He urged pastors to “be enlightened by the Spirit” and to call on prepared married couples for help in proclaiming the truth about the family.
“If we give them space, they can make their contribution to the construction of the ecclesial fabric,” he said.
The pope’s message was issued June 9, the first day of a four-day online meeting hosted by the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life. The forum is centered on the question: “Where do we stand with the application of Amoris laetitia?”
Amoris laetitia is Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation on love in the family, written following the 2014 and 2015 synods on the family.