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Vatican official questions priests’ role in preparing couples of marriage

July 06, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: The Vatican’s top official for questions of family life has questioned suggested that “priests are not the best people to train others for marriage.” Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, told the Irish Catholic magazine Intercom that priests “have no credibility” regarding married life because “they have never lived the experience.”

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  • Posted by: DrJazz - Jul. 11, 2018 10:42 AM ET USA

    One doesn't need to live as chicken soup to understand chicken soup.

  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Jul. 06, 2018 6:26 PM ET USA

    As reported in the CWN piece, the Cardinal's statement is badly confused. For a start, many priests, in light of their pastoral work, have a deep experience of the needs of married people. Were we to extend the Cardinal's argument, it would seem that priests ought not to hear the confessions of married couples.