Is a Hopeful Day Dawning for Some Divorced Catholics?

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That's the question I am asking over at the Guardian, today. Recalling the long ago wedding of friends who chose Mark 10:2-9 for the Gospel reading of their Nuptial Mass, I write: Even in Jesus’ day, divorce was a theological challenge. For the bride and groom the reading was a pledge of determination; one of them was still reeling from the recent divorce of parents married for over 20 years, and the subsequent remarriage of the mother. The divorce created anxiety before the wedding: … [Read more...]

Divorce-Remarriage: Francis May Walk Us Thru Door B16 Cracked Open – UPDATED

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Pretty recently I wondered whether ideas to reform our annulment process would be seen by people as "amnesty" or necessary mercy: An attempt to streamline the annulment process is not an idea that will please everyone. Those who. . .have jumped through the hoops and endured the long and difficult bureaucratic processes may justifiably wonder about fairness. They may feel like the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son, and they will need to be reminded–with great love–that … [Read more...]

Do Long Marriages Mean Better Presidents?

Two weeks ago, back on November 3, I noted that a long-standing and scandalous "legend" about Newt Gingrich was being refuted by his daughter: We’ve all heard the story about how Newt Gingrich — heartless, horrible man — went to his cancer-stricken wife’s hospital bed and told her he wanted a divorce. We heard it so often, we believed it. I admit, I believed it. Did you? Of course, I was far from the first to notice; Doug Mataconis explored the story back in May of 2011, after … [Read more...]