So that this love does not become sterile

In many areas, faithful Christians can show that their view of things in this world is better than the world and the humanistic picture of individualistic and relativistic currents that not only constitute the zeitgeist but also permeate the legislative work of the West. Parliaments. The concept of “family” is part of this. And that’s on the front line. After all, what underlies the Christian concept of the family, the marriage of a man and a woman, took a severe blow in Germany, for example, on October 1, 2017, when the “Law on Opening Marriage” came into force and paved the way for “marriage for all”, including This includes the right of same-sex couples to adopt children.

community nucleus

The Roman symposium “The Family – the nucleus of society and the Church in miniature”, organized on June 10 by “Societas Theologiae Ecclesiasticae” and “Fundatio Christiana Virtus eV”, thus wanted to focus not only on the image of the Christian family, but also on the single anthropological basis of paternity in a man’s marriage and women. Representing the two assemblies, Bishop Markus Graulich, Under-Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, welcomed the participants. Anthropologist Stefan Kampowski, who teaches at the John Paul II Institute of Marriage and the Family at Lateran University, first noted the historical break in tradition that has occurred in recent decades: The experience of marriage and family is very deep in the well-established. It is in humanity that one has to ask oneself how it can be achieved that such a basic reality is no longer seen in its essence in many societies today, and jurisprudence and jurisprudence use the names “marriage” and “family” arbitrarily for others. Types of relationships unrelated to marriage and family in traditional use.

“Let us imagine that the German Bundestag will enact a law according to which the use of the name ‘bread’ must be generously expanded and henceforth also applied to the reality previously referred to as ‘stone’,” said Kampowski. Legislature of the Sexual Revolution, which initially separated sexuality from fertility.

sterile sex

Sex – especially through homosexual activity – became sterile. And if love no longer includes procreation, but exhausts itself in affection and mutual responsibility, then, according to Kampowski, there is no longer any reason why two or more men—or more—women can no longer marry. However, Pope Francis’ clear statement in his post-Synodal message “Amoris laetitiae” stands in the way of this: “No union, irrevocable or closed to the transmission of life, guarantees us the future of society.” Where community means not only civil society, but the church as well. Kampowski called for a reconsideration of the three classic goals of marriage: the procreation and education of children, the mutual assistance of spouses in dealing with life circumstances and the fulfillment of sexual desire.

“Fortunately” they are different, man and woman in the family. Thus argued the philosopher Hanna-Barbara Girl-Falkowitz to an audience that gathered at the Augustinianum in Petersplatz for a symposium. She initially took on “gender naivety”, and gender mobility, a development which was reinforced, however, by two “extraordinary dynamics”: high-tech medicine and the self-confident individual’s quest for autonomy. The philosopher opposed this in the sense of the biblical interpretation of creation: “What Genesis says has meaning.” Not only for happiness in general, but for their own happiness, man and woman differ in the creative divine meaning – physically, mentally and spiritually.

double shape

According to Jarl Falkovitz, the deepest anthropological and theological thought of Genesis is “that the loving community of man and woman gives an idea of ​​the loving community in God Himself. Already from the dual form of man, it will be clear that God is not self-sufficient, nor silent, closed off, but devotion , conversation, and relationship – just love. Human sexual community as a reflection of the divine community – this gives an incredible answer to Greek grief over human duality: instead of mourning, it is the bliss of depicting God’s inner dynamics.”

While publicist Birgit Kelly in her lecture focused mainly on politics on European soil, outlining a disastrous population policy in many countries, but she also referred to efforts being made in the new eastern EU member states to defend themselves “against the unreasonable demands of the social community.” ”, the Bishop of Görlitz, Wolfgang Eibolt, spoke of ‘pastoral care with families’. The bishop identified five areas in which the care of the family must establish itself anew, and this is true of what Cardinal Walter Casper said in 2014: “The family is a test case of pastoral care and the true emergency of the new evangelization.”

preparing for marriage

Ebolt spoke of preparing the children for First Communion and stabilizing them, lamenting that this task had been delegated to a few parishioners. Then about preparing the bride and groom for the church marriage. Here, too, the bishop said: “In my view, the state of preparation for marriage in Germany is not a glorious page.” To this day, in many parishes it is still possible for a married couple to “walk down the aisle after one or two conversations with a pastor or pastoral worker.”

Aybolt also addressed family groups in parishes and spiritual groups as well as individual pastoral care in crisis situations. But the bishop largely concluded that the potential in parishes with many spouses living discipleship of Christ in their marriage and family had not yet been exploited.


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