The Grace of the Indissolubility of Marriage
A Reflection Concerning the Synod of Family
(FKTh 2015-3, p. 161–177)
The marriage of two baptized partners is a sacrament, reflecting the indissoluble unity between Christ and the Church. This »great mystery« (Eph 5, 32) is the theme of the forthcoming Synod on the Family in Rome. In the author‘s opinion some issues in this context have not yet been sufficiently discussed. This contribution aims to address these. The main themes are: The meaning of Jesus‘ commandment regarding the indissolubility according to the Synoptics and 1 Corinthians. – Two other commandments from the New Testament which are rather more difficult to fulfill. – Does »sexual immorality« in Matthew mean adultery? – Helping the separated and divorced stay faithful to their marriage. – What does the New Testament say about denying the Holy Communion? – There are sins, especially in the social sphere, which are worse than a new relationship after separation or divorce. – Cohabitation in the judgement of the New Testament and the tradition of the church. – The importance of a renewed pastoral theology and practice of the sacraments.