Last Saturday, Pope Francis spoke out about the definition of a family saying only in the image of God, only the union between man and woman can be considered one.

The Supreme Pontiff’s remarks came last Saturday whilst speaking to a delegation of Italy’s Forum of Family Associations in Rome on the 25th anniversary of their founding. The group is a network of over five hundred Catholic lay associations that work to influence society on the family in a positive way. Following a prepared speech, Pope Francis chose to give some off-the-cuff remarks about the identity of families in the image of God.

Pope Francis’ comments come ahead of his papal visit to Ireland in August for the World Meeting of Families. He spoke on the various type of families we often talk about today, often using the term in the analogical sense.

“Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of ‘diversified’ families: different types of families. It is true that the word ‘family’ is an analogical word, because we speak of the ‘family’ of stars, ‘family’ of trees, ‘family’ of animals … it is an analogical word.”

In its true sense, however, Pope Francis strongly reiterated the Church’s teachings that only a union of man and woman can be considered a family in the image of God, even if they are non-believers.

“But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don’t believe”

In his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia published two years ago in 2016, Pope Francis made similar comments that homosexual unions are not a part of God’s plan for the family.

“As for proposals to place unions between homosexual persons on the same level as marriage, there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.”

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  1. At last, Pope Francis reacts with the teachings of the Catholic Church, for believers and non-believers ! Thanks be to the Lord !

  2. Oh well there goes the last nail on the coffin of the Vatican, I renounce her and her teachings I renounce my baptism, I renounce any allegiance to the Pontif of Rome. Those unfounded remarks are nothing but a racist fascist regime! Go fuck yourselves!

    • The church would not allow the idea of homosexual union, it goes against the Natural Order, which is set by God. Sometimes our passions are disordered as a consequence of our fall but we must overcome the Flesh. These are the great enemies of our Soul the Flesh, the World and the Devil and we should therefore do everything in our power and through God’s grace to overcome these things. Do not be deceived by the pomps of this world brother we are not made for this world, this is the valley of tears where our first parents were banished and we must labour every single day and strive for holiness to reach our ultimate goal which is to be united with our Divine creator. We are all called to live a pure and chaste life, it’s a struggle we all face every single day. But trust in the Lord’s mercy and love that is sufficient. We may stumble along the way but God still waits for us to come home to him. I’ll pray for you and remember that the whole church prays for you.

    • 2000 years of Catholic teaching is restated and you come to renounce the now.
      Kid move on and stop wasting your time!
      Do you realize how much of your life you have waisted with this issue!

      • Probably not the responsible response. Actively telling people, even if you consider it to be pure rhetoric, probably shouldn’t be the direction we take.

    • Eloy, you are serving broken sexuality as an idol, be it your own sexuality or that of others. If anything is more important than your relationship with God and salvation, then you are in grave spiritual danger. What Pope Francis said here is the clear understanding of all branches of Christianity for 2,000 years. It is not shocking or new. It is rooted in the completely consistent biblical witness. Jesus said if we want to believe in Him, we must deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Him in the path of obedience and service. That is the pathway to light and salvation. To reject it openly is the pathway to darkness and destruction. I pray you consider your actions deeply, for they have eternal consequences.

    • Eloy , you can’t just renounce your faith because the truth is looking at you straight in the face…. read the catechism 2357-2359 .

  3. Homosexuality is a sin just the same as robbing murder,etc. This is the teaching of the church if god wanted homosexuality he would have made 2men or 2women to replace Adam and Eve who were man and woman. People have to accept the truth and renounce their sin of homosexuality asking god to help them and cure them with his grace in the church or continue living in the sin of homosexuality and not be in the church. The choice is for the homosexuality to decide what they want either way god loves them as they are whether they know it or not. Jesus came for the sinner if we lean on Jesus he can cure us from our sin of homosexuality murder, thieving etc….

  4. Be blessed man of God.I totally agree with you.We shouldn’t look far for the definition of a true family.God created us in His Holy Image and we haven’t got to resemble to animals…


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