Pope Makes Abortion Survivor Want to CryBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
Jessen was referring to Pope Francis’ remarks at a pastoral congress on the family for the Diocese of Rome on June 16 in which he said that some cohabiting couples are in a “real marriage,” receiving the grace of the Sacrament.
“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,” the pope said. The Vatican provided both video and a transcript of the remarks.
Commented an irate Jessen, who spends a good part of her waking hours motivating teenagers to live in celibacy and wait for what she calls “epic love” with partners who have done the same: “I have a question for Pope Francis. Is my virginity of no value? Does the extraordinary cost of fighting for Epic Love and being mocked for it, not matter in his mind[?]”
“I have paid a cost beyond words, for actual Faithfulness,” she continues. “But no, these folks have not walked the same route. And to act as if they have is a profound insult.”
Later Jessen told LifeSite, “I am a virgin at 39. I have honoured the Lord with my body.” Now the Pope has “flippantly” made “mockery of purity” not only with respect to single men and women still seeking partners who honour their celibacy, but of priests who vow lifelong sexual abstinence. “If I were a priest I would be outraged,” she said. READ ARTICLE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: You know you're in trouble when your Pope offends one of the most beautiful and powerful advocates for life and God's rights on face of the earth:
Well played, Francis! I'm sure George Clooney is very impressed with you now.
Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000. Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.