Misinterpretation has accompanied the Church from her very foundation by Christ through Peter – “The Rock” – more than two thousand years ago. The teachings she promoted and the pronouncements She made, the laws and observances She established – all these have undergone contrary moves at different times from different sources. But the Church still stands in all the continents of the world, has sons and daughters from people of different races and colors. And stand – exists, teaches, acts – She remains with her Founder until time there is none. So it is that the civilized world counts time in terms of “Before Christ” and “After Christ” – the Founder of the Church.
On the occasion of the pastoral visit of Pope Francis to the USA – which was preceded by his normative enactment towards a more focused and wherefore abbreviated proceedings specifically in conjunction with the Marriage Nullity Process in the Church – he was rather candid in saying that such simplification and abbreviation in no way means that there is now such a thing as a “Catholic Divorce”. Instead, the said more simple and short proceedings are but meant to affirm that once the truth of the nullity of a marriage held before the Church is in fact established, there is no reason to still prolong the trial. Although the Holy Father did not say it, the over-all intention of the procedural abbreviation is in accord with the maxim that “Justice delayed is justice denied”. In other words, why prolong the agony of the Parties concerned when their de facto marriage is already proven as de iure null and void from its very start.
By the way, it might be good to point out that a “Catholic Divorce” is a big contradiction in terms as far as the Church herself if concerned: As the Catholic Church is not the author of divorce, neither is divorce acceptable to the Catholic Church. This is in line with the truth that there are no such thing as “Catholic Adultery”, “Catholic Bigamy”, “Catholic Polygamy” and other openly contradictory thoughts.
The singularity and amiability of Pope Francis are readily perceived and felt in his over-all spirit of “Mercy and Compassion” for the poor and the suffering, for wrongdoers and sinners, for those who placed themselves outside the spiritual embrace of the Church. There is also something quite singular about him: He loves children in the same way that children love him. The Pope embracing children and children embracing the Pope – such is dear and endearing sight. So there was this some two-year old blond-haired child who tried to get away from the hold of her father in her eagerness to embrace the Pope. And she succeeded. What a sight!
So it is that inclusion – not exclusion – is his vision for refugees. He said that giving them an embrace is definitely the better option than that of building walls to keep them far. That is mercy! That is compassion!