“I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity,” he said.The words were twisted out of context. What the Pope is actually saying is that some cohabitating couples have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity. Couples who are married in Church but later divorce after three or five years did not have the grace of a real marriage. Rather, they have made a mockery of the sacrament of marriage.
Perhaps, if the anonymous poster had read the entire article rather than taking one or two sentence out of context, he/she would have understood what the Pope was saying. In no way is the Pope saying that couples who cohabitate should receive Holy Communion. In fact, Holy Communion was not even mention in the article. The Pope is actually saying that cohabitating couples who live together or are married in civil court for more than 10 years have the grace of a real marriage due to their fidelity while the couple who married in Church and divorced after five years has made their marriage null.
The Pope's suggestion is to help these cohabitating couples to become more mature and secure so that they could take the step into the sacrament of marriage. By the same token, couples who are married in Church also need help in their struggle for fidelity to their marriage vows. Cohabitating couples who have lived together for more than 10 or 20 years apparently have the GRACE to remain loyal to each other and eventually can enter the sacrament of marriage. Couples who are married in Church also need this same grace constantly in their marriage so that they can stay together through good and bad times.
Another comment came through my blog, which I have not published due to the derogatory words. Nevertheless, I will respond to that as well. The following comments came from the jungle: