Slowly, step by step, the Vatican is beginning to face the realities of modern life – and of modern families. Having begun, the process will continue.
A Vatican official praised the television show “Modern Family” for raising interest in the complexities of family life today, saying it ties in well with Pope Francis’ initiatives to address pastoral care of families.
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family was speaking at a United Nations event when he made the remark last Thursday. Paglia said:
” ‘[P]henomena like the media production “Modern Family,” or same-sex marriage initiatives in a significant number of jurisdictions, the family has become the subject of increasingly intense interest and discussion.’ “
Paglia, speaking during the annual Day of the Family, nuanced his remarks by criticizing the “ideological” discourses which dominate these discussions. Crux’s report continues:
“[Discussion] centers too much on definitions of the family unacceptable to one political current or another, and on economic considerations…
“Instead, he said, family is a complex of human relationships characterized by love, fidelity, commitment, sacrifice, trust…
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