For all of the talk by Pope Francis and his assault on modern day “Pharisees and Lawyers”, I find it very instructive and ironic, to say they very, very least, that it was the Pharisees and the Lawyers who were being legalistic in trying to cling to the law of Moses concerning divorce and remarriage — while it was Jesus who was giving the the pure, indissoluble, unadulterated teaching on marriage.
The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’[ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?[ So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”
He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:3:9)
Has anyone reminded Pope Francis of this small, itty-bitty detail?
I must say that despite all the ruckus surrounding this Synod, it has provided the Good Guys a platform to evangelize the world on what marriage is and what it is not. And all on the backs of the heretics who have been outted, shamed, and are now labelled from now until eternity unless they publicly recant!
That’s a double bonus, don’t you think?