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: w … [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 “ev … [Read more...]

Synchronicity of a Sort: Divorced/Remarried Catholics and Communion

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Earlier this morning, I filed my copy for my regular column at First Things -- a piece that explores the means by which divorced and remarried Catholics might be readmitted into full Eucharistic communion at Holy Mass.The column doesn't run until tomorrow, but it strikes me as being particularly timely thanks to this story by Andrea Tornielli:“A new approach needs to be taken with respect to the administration of the sacraments to remarried divorcees.” Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri is the … [Read more...]


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