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Pope Francis Sex Talk: Couple Shares How Intimacy Impacts Marriage

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 09:19 AM

Pope Francis and the 191 cardinals and bishops he gathered for a synod meeting that began Sunday got a sex talk from an Australian couple who told the group of celibate men that intimacy has strengthened their marriage and family.

ABC reported via The Associated Press that the radical move came amid a number of changes to the synod format under the pope's direction. Francis has allowed the synod to be conducted in languages other than Latin for the first time ever, and allowed lay people to speak candidly about what makes for the successful creation and maintenance of a family. 

The couple that addressed the pope and his higher-ups were Ron and Mavis Pirola, parents of four who've been together for 57 years. They explained the role sex has played in their coupling, saying it has helped keep them married for 55 years.

"The little things we did for each other, the telephone calls and love notes, the way we planned our day around each other and the things we shared were outward expressions of our longing to be intimate with each other," the couple said in a prepared statement to the closed meeting on Monday.

"Gradually we came to see that the only feature that distinguishes our sacramental relationship from that of any other good Christ-centered relationship is sexual intimacy, and that marriage is a sexual sacrament with its fullest expression in sexual intercourse."

The two-week synod seeks to address family and relationship matters in a way that makes sense to the general public. In the past, The Vatican's only document addressing sex, the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, has confused lay persons with complicated theological arguments and 41 footnotes. This is fine for academics, but does a poor job of explaining the issues and the reasoning behind them to the public.

The Pirolas, for instance, said they occasionally read church documents, "but they seemed to be from another planet, with difficult language and not terribly relevant to our own experiences."

Echoing their sentiment, Rev. Tom Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, said that, "Language such as 'living in sin,' 'intrinsically disordered,' or 'contraceptive mentality' are not necessarily words that invite people to draw closer to Christ and the church," and that the pope seeks to find "new language" that better relates to the average Catholic.

The new open dialog will take some getting used to, as men of the cloth aren't accustomed to discussing such matters in large forums.

"That's not what we bishops talk about mostly, quite honestly," said British Cardinal Vincent Nichols sheepishly. "But to hear that as the opening contribution did, I think, open an area . . . and it was a recognition that that is central to the well-being of marriage often."

Father Manuel Dorantes, of Chicago, said that "sex is the sacred path among married people," and allows couples to be, "with God, co-creators of life."



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