Priest and marriage preparation

It came as quite a shock earlier this month when Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect for the Vatican’s Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life, which is in charge of the Church’s universal care for the family, declared that priests are basically incompetent to do marriage preparation. Married couples are also important in this work, but priests bring valuable experience and perspective to this crucial activity for the life of the Church.

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