“Less people are getting married all the time. This is a fact. Young people are not willing to get married, separations are increasing and children are less numerous”. During his preaching at the General Audience Pope Francis, starting from the Wedding at Cana, spoke about the crisis of families in our society, which is described as “culture of temporary”. Since the Wedding at Cana, he said, many things changed “nevertheless, that gesture Jesus did, are always true: nowadays, it is not easy to speak about marriage describing it as a feast that is always new, in every season”.
Francis explained that “difficulties in staying together as a couple and as a family, lead many to separation” this process is more frequent and faster, and children are the ones to pay the price. “Victims, the most important victims, victims suffering the most in separations are children. Experiencing marriage as a short term commitment since your childhood will unconsciously lead you to give up projects of a stable relation and a long term family”.
Bergoglio invited everyone to think about the reasons pushing “young people to avoid marriage, there is a culture of temporariness, everything is temporary, nothing is forever, this is one of the main concerns of today’s world, why don’t they get married? Why do they prefer living together, with fewer responsibilities, and why do baptized people mistrust marriage and family? It is important to understand that they do not trust family.”
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa