Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life has once again reiterated his remarks about the competency of the Priesthood to prepare couples for married life. During a recent interview with Intercom, an Irish Catholic magazine, Cardinal Farrell stated: “Priests are not the best people to train others for marriage.” “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 don’t have the experience.”
Last September while speaking to a convention of Catholic leaders in Ireland, Farrell said that Priests “have no credibility when it comes to living the reality of marriage.” Farrell called for laypeople to organize, and administer marriage preparation programs.
Cardinal Farrell, a native of Ireland, was ordained a Priest in 1978. In 2007, he was appointed Bishop of Dallas, Texas and remained in that assignment until his appointment as the first Prefect for the newly-organized Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life in 2016. He was elevated to the rank of Cardinal in November 2016.
Click here to review further details of Cardinal Farrell’s remarks published by the Catholic News Agency.