Things you should know about Catholic weddings—but probably don’t

Marking her anniversary yesterday (congrats!), Simcha Fisher today calls up some memories of her own nuptials, and points to this very good piece at the USCCB website, which shatters a few popular myths about Roman Catholic weddings: In some traditions, at the conclusion of the procession into the Church, the presiding minister may ask, “Who [Read More…]

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Can we do better than just “Pre-Cana”?

I think most thoughtful Catholics would say “Yes.” And some bishops at the Synod seem to agree. From National Catholic Register: Could marriage preparation by itself become a thing of the past for couples approaching the wedding altar? The idea of a “marriage catechumenate” — a period of formation for marriage that would cover a [Read More…]

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From the Synod: Chicago’s Cupich on divorce, conscience, reconciliation

One archbishop’s take, via NCR: The Catholic church has to respect decisions divorced and remarried people make about their spiritual lives after they examine what their conscience is telling them to do, Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich said during a press briefing. Cupich — one of nine Americans attending the ongoing Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops and one of [Read More…]

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From the Synod: “Is there someone out here who knows how a perfect marriage takes place?”

View image | gettyimages.com Some interesting commentary last week, from an Indian couple discussing their interfaith marriage, via Vatican Radio:  The 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family, currently taking place in the Vatican Oct. 4-25, heard from  of an Indian couple on Saturday how inter-faith marriage can be lived. [Read More…]

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From the Synod: Observers say media coverage “doesn’t reflect what we see in there”

From today’s press briefing, via CNS:  Two couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity of problems families face around the world and the synod fathers’ great concern and compassion for the [Read More…]

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Pope begins Synod: “The Church is called to carry out her mission in truth, which is not changed by passing fads or popular opinions”

From his homily this morning: The Church is called to carry out her mission in truth, which is not changed by passing fads or popular opinions. The truth which protects individuals and humanity as a whole from the temptation of self-centredness and from turning fruitful love into sterile selfishness, faithful union into temporary bonds. “Without [Read More…]

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Jorge Bergoglio’s personal experience with annulments

What does the pope know about the process?  A lot, and much of it is personal: A good anecdote to help us understand Pope Francis’ interest in swiftly resolving cases of matrimonial nullity is the case of his niece María Inés Narvaja. In an interview previously published on Aleteia, she explains how Pope Francis, when [Read More…]

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On pope’s annulment reforms: “I find the implications of some of these norms stunning”

Ed Peters takes a longer and closer look at details of the new annulment process—and he has some serious reservations. After going over them, he concludes:  At the pope’s request, a tiny group of experts, most from just one country, developed these new canons and explanations in a very short time. I find, however, the [Read More…]

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So what does the new annulment process mean?

Someone asked me this morning if I knew anyone personally who would benefit from the changes announced today, and I had to say, “Honestly, it’s all too new to tell.” I serve as an advocate in my diocese, helping newly divorced work their way through the annulment process; people who have already begun an annulment will likely [Read More…]

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Streamlined annulment process announced: one sentence, one judge, “brevity”

The official word, via Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis issued two Apostolic Letters motu proprio on Tuesday, by which he introduced reforms to the legal structures of the Church, which deal with questions of marital nullity. One of the Letters motu proprio, known by its Latin title, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus – or “The Lord Jesus, [Read More…]

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