Vatican City, May 13, 2022 / 10:25 am
Family life is more tested today than it has ever been before, Pope Francis told a group of moral theologians on Friday.
“First of all, for some time ‘the family has been going through a profound cultural crisis, like all communities and social bonds,’” the pope said on May 13, quoting from his 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii gaudium.
“The very possibility of establishing a family today is often arduous and young people find so many difficulties in getting married and having children,” he said.
“In fact,” Francis went on, “the epochal changes that we are experiencing prompt moral theology to take up the challenges of our time and to speak a language that is understandable to interlocutors — not just ‘insiders’; and thus help ‘overcome adversity and contrasts’ and foster ‘a new creativity to express in the current challenges the values that constitute us as a people in societies and in the Church, the People of God.’”