In the Bible, Jesus and Paul lay out the guidelines for Marriage.
Neither of them were ever married.
As the good Bishop Tobin of Rhode Island pointed out on twitter, Cardinal Farrell is, by his own logic, unqualified to head up a Vatican department focused on “family life.”
Except for those African priests that we’re not supposed to talk about, right Cardinal?
He no play-a da game, he no make-a da rules.
Also, there are those guys called "deacons", most of whom ARE married. In our parish, the marriage prep is overseen by the deacon.
Nobody can prepare you for marriage. No matter what anyone tells you, it’s going to be absolutely different from what you expected or anticipated.
Marriage is wonderful, but it takes effort.
Then it follows that they have no authority to give any advice on atmospheric phenomena, including "climate change".
Men should be taught about the importance of securing an ironclad premarital contract before getting married.
I remember her having injected her views on birth control at a gathering where Catholic Dogma was being discussed... she stated that the Pope and Priests should not have a say on birth control, succinctly stating "THEY NO PLAYA THE GAME..., THEY NO MAKA THE RULES!"
What a pile of nonsense.
Priests grew up in a family and observed how their parents parented. They also take philosophy and psychology classes. This author is barking up the wrong tree.
In the same vein, couples should never go to an unmarried marriage counsellor. Their textbooks can in no way cover the realities of wedded bliss (or dearth).
By that logic you would need to be crazy to be a psychiatrist.
They never listen.
They have no credibility; they have never lived the experience; they may know moral theology, dogmatic theology in theory, but to go from there to putting it into practice every day....they dont have the experience.
They can teach, if they had any bible courses in seminary, but training is another story.
Training people for marriage, in the practical sense, should have already been done by the parents.
They didn’t have parents?
Bishop Thomas Tobin (the good Tobin) of Providence, USA, objected on Twitter (July 7) to Cardinal Kevin Farrell's claim that priests have no credibility when it comes to training people for marriage "because they have never lived the experience". Farrell is the prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
Tobin presents the obvious objection against Farrell: It seems fair to ask, then, if a celibate cleric has sufficient credibility to lead a dicastery devoted to laity, family and life.
Since Farrell took over his position albeit his self-professed cluelessness about the family, it is obvious that he wanted the job only for career reasons.
“Priests Do Not Have Experience to Prepare People for Marriage, Says Vatican Cardinal”
Neither do most Protestant ministers, whose own marriages often are abysmal.