Marriage Prep... Depends on the Day?

At Catholic News Agency it was reported that Pope Francis wants marriage preparation stepped up. "
“One cannot say marriage preparation is three or four conferences given in the parish. This is not preparation, [...] preparation must be mature and it takes time. It is not a formal act; it is a sacrament,”
This is welcome news. As I ranted in my last post, marriage preparation courses usually do not adequately prepare couples for marriage. Priests have six years of seminary. Teachers have five years of university. Engaged couples have... one subpar weekend of lectures and activities?

Photo Credit: Catholic Herald (UK)

All of which begs the question: Why did Pope Francis conduct an impromptu wedding aboard a flight back in January?


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