Forgiveness is essential in marriage— bishop

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MANILA, May 13, 2015— In order to have a healthy and positive marriage, couples must learn to forgive, a Catholic bishop said.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said disagreements and moments of frustration will always be part of a married relationship that is why forgiveness is essential for its survival.

“That is why forgiveness and reconciliation, in confession as well, is an essential part of every marriage,” Pabillo said.

He said conflict in marriages “is not a sign that sexes are incompatible” nor is there such a thing as “a genetic disposition to infidelity or some special psychological disability for lifelong commitments”.

However, the bishop said, many marriages are endangered by a “lack of communication and consideration”.

Then there are economic and societal problems, he added.

“What really threatens marriages is sin; what renews them is forgiveness; what makes them strong is prayer and trust in God’s presence,” Pabillo said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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