Is A Lavish Wedding a Prelude to Divorce?

The alarming statistics–maybe you should say “no” to the dress Thomas Carlyle, 19th century defender of serfdom and slavery, famously dubbed economics “the dismal science.” As if to prove him wrong, economics professors in recent decades have been tackling provocative, hot button issues, such as the relationship between legal abortion and STDs, between poker winnings… Continue reading Is A Lavish Wedding a Prelude to Divorce?

Analysis: Did Pope Francis just condemn Communion for the remarried?

The Pope’s statements have the internet abuzz – but their importance has been exaggerated For the last couple of days Catholic social media and the blogosphere have been preoccupied with some reported remarks by Pope Francis. The remarks carry weight because they come from an impeccable source – the president of the Chilean bishops’ conference, Bishop Santiago… Continue reading Analysis: Did Pope Francis just condemn Communion for the remarried?

Council of German bishops endorses Communion for the remarried

The group did not include Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who has said the practice is against God’s law The permanent council of the German bishops’ conference has endorsed Communion for the remarried, in the same week as the Vatican’s doctrinal chief said the practice was against divine law. In a new statement agreed by the council, which numbers 27… Continue reading Council of German bishops endorses Communion for the remarried

Cardinal Müller: Communion for the remarried is against God’s law

The cardinal said that nobody, not even a pope, could change the teaching reaffirmed by St John Paul II Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief, has made one of his strongest statements yet on the controversial question of Communion for the divorced and remarried. In an interview with the Italian magazine Il Timone, Cardinal… Continue reading Cardinal Müller: Communion for the remarried is against God’s law

Matthew Schmitz explains why he changed his mind about Pope Francis

Anyone who has stumbled across a long-forgotten diary will understand the embarrassment a journalist feels when he reads his old work. The foolish attachments and false urgencies of the past are there in dry ink, defying the easy airbrushing of memory. Well, last night I decided to go through what I’d written on Francis since… Continue reading Matthew Schmitz explains why he changed his mind about Pope Francis

Cardinal Burke: we will make ‘formal act of correction’ if Pope doesn’t issue Amoris clarification

The cardinal said there was a tradition of issuing a formal correction if a Pope is in error Cardinal Raymond Burke has said it may be necessary to make a “formal act of correction” if Pope Francis doesn’t answer a letter from four cardinals asking him to clarify aspects of Amoris Laetitia. In an interview… Continue reading Cardinal Burke: we will make ‘formal act of correction’ if Pope doesn’t issue Amoris clarification

STUDY: Can divorce turn your child into an atheist?

If you want your kid to be an atheist, get divorced. That’s the result of a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute. The study evaluated the correlation between divorce and children who grow up to become non-religious. A new study from the Public Religion Research Institute reveals that divorce has a major impact… Continue reading STUDY: Can divorce turn your child into an atheist?

Ignore the misleading headlines: the remarried cannot ‘now receive Communion’

The Church’s teaching has been consistent from the early Church to modern Popes. Last week’s events didn’t change it Benedict XVI once spoke about the two versions of the Second Vatican Council. There was the “Council of the Fathers” – what Vatican II’s documents taught; but there was also the “Council of the media”, Vatican… Continue reading Ignore the misleading headlines: the remarried cannot ‘now receive Communion’

We Can't Give Up On Marriage

Considering the recent focus on the family both inside and outside of the Church, it seemed fitting that we’d find ourselves under a spiritual attack, targeted directly at our Achilles’s heel. Thus, I wasn’t startled to sense that persistent nagging in my gut that insisted something was amiss between my spouse and me. What I… Continue reading We Can't Give Up On Marriage

As the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk show, divorce isn’t always inevitable when a marriage breaks down

Perhaps the Duke and Duchess could share their experience of how they refounded their marriage with struggling couples The British press like nothing better than reporting matrimonial disasters. Readers will remember the lamentable saga of the “War of the Waleses”, as well as the sad case of the divorce of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather… Continue reading As the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk show, divorce isn’t always inevitable when a marriage breaks down

How to file a Divorce case in the Catholic Church

Whether we like it or not, secularism is the dominant mode of public discourse today. Even those we encounter who are not “anti-faith” often place a high value on their understanding of “separation of church and state.” Catholics must therefore be prepared to support moral positions without recourse to Scripture or religious vocabulary. That is… Continue reading How to file a Divorce case in the Catholic Church

What is the Church's position on divorce in an adulterous situation?

Full Question What is the Church’s view on marriage when a Catholic adulterous husband has filed for divorce against an innocent spouse of 17 years? Answer Civil divorce, under certain circumstances, may not be a bad thing. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “The separation of spouses while maintaining the marriage bond can be… Continue reading What is the Church's position on divorce in an adulterous situation?

Pope Francis reveals his thoughts on challenges facing Catholicism; emphasizing that he could have been in Prison

In his first new book since his Pontificate, the Pontiff revealed his thoughts on challenges facing Catholicism in the 21st Century over divorce, homosexuality and  Church corruption. The Book entitled “The Name of God is Mercy” an extended discussion with  Andrea Tornielli, an Italian journalist and Vatican watcher, Pope Francis focused on the subject of remarriage… Continue reading Pope Francis reveals his thoughts on challenges facing Catholicism; emphasizing that he could have been in Prison

"MITIS IUDEX DOMINUS IESUS" The Newly Reformed Guide to the Canonical Process for Declaration of Nullity of Marriage in the Catholic Church

APOSTOLIC LETTER IN THE FORM OF ‘Motu Proprio’ OF POPE FRANCIS MITIS iudex Dominus IESUS REFORM PROCESS FOR CANON CAUSES OF DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE IN THE CODE OF CANON LAW The Gentle Judge, the Lord Jesus, Shepherd of our Souls, entrusted to the Apostle Peter and his successors the power of the keys… Continue reading "MITIS IUDEX DOMINUS IESUS" The Newly Reformed Guide to the Canonical Process for Declaration of Nullity of Marriage in the Catholic Church

Synod dispute over Communion issue rachets up

  The dispute between conservative Cardinal George Pell of Australia and the more liberal German bishops broke out into the open Wednesday, with the Germans saying they felt “dismay and sadness” that Pell had fostered division in the synod with his recent public remarks. The German bishops favor a proposal put forth by German Cardinal… Continue reading Synod dispute over Communion issue rachets up

What is Synod? As a Catholic be Edified

Synod is another word for a council .It is an old Greek word (σύνοδος) sunodos that means an “assembly or meeting”. In ancient times synods of the Christian Church were usually gatherings of Bishops to discuss issues of doctrine, administration or ministry. In our Church today, we understand Synod to be a gathering convened by… Continue reading What is Synod? As a Catholic be Edified

Infertility leads to trauma and broken marriages, says Nigerian bishop

Bishop says for couples in Africa the pain of childlessness is ‘beyond anything I can say’ Married couples need more help in dealing with infertility and childlessness, which is “one of the major causes of divorce in Africa”, a Nigerian member of the Synod of Bishops on the family has said. Bishop Jude Arogundade of… Continue reading Infertility leads to trauma and broken marriages, says Nigerian bishop

Pope Francis: Annulment reform does not mean ‘Catholic divorce’

The Pontiff spoke to reporters on Sunday evening during his flight home to Rome Pope Francis has insisted that his reform of the annulment process has not allowed for ‘Catholic divorce’, during an in-flight press conference at the end of his papal trip to America. After participating in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia… Continue reading Pope Francis: Annulment reform does not mean ‘Catholic divorce’

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