The Pope's Annulment Reforms Will Have an Impact on the Synod

09/09/2015 Comments (4)

Pope Francis’ annulment reform is likely to have significant impact on the upcoming Synod on the Family, effectively taking the wind out of the sails of the highly controversial Cardinal Kasper proposal and allowing other issues to come to the fore.

It’s what many would have liked to have happened before the Extraordinary Synod, to prevent the proposal dominating the discussions, although the reform may well be the proposal in another guise.

As John Allen of the Boston Globe writes: the reform will “recalibrate” the synod, and ensure the debates won’t get bogged down in what a hypothetical reform of the annulment process might look like.

Canonical questions aside, the two motu proprios...READ MORE

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Here's What the Annulment Changes Are All About

09/08/2015 Comments (18)

I saw the headlines and went ballistic.

“Pope Francis Seeks Easier Way for Catholics to End Marriages”

“Pope Francis Simplifies Marriage Annulments with New Fast-track Process”

There were others as bad and these. They are all grossly misleading.

There is nothing easy about ending a marriage and there is no fast-track to annulment. Not even with the Apostolic Letters motu proprio, or “on his own impulse” just issued by Pope Francis.

One of the letters, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus,  “The Lord Jesus, Clement Judge,” reforms the Code of Canon Law governing the Latin Church, while the other, Mitis et misericors Iesus or “Clement and merciful Jesus,” reforms the Code of Canon Law for Oriental...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Reforms Annulment Process: 9 Things to Know and Share

09/08/2015 Comments (57)

Pope Francis has just made a major revision in how the Church handles annulments. Here are 9 things to know and share . . .

On September 8, the Holy See released a pair of documents by Pope Francis which reform the way in which the Church handles annulments.

Here are 9 things to know and share . . .


1) What is an annulment? Is it the same thing as a divorce?

An annulment (formally known as a “declaration of nullity”) is a ruling that a particular marriage was null from the beginning—that is, something was gravely wrong at the time the time of the wedding and it prevented a valid marriage from coming into existence.

This is different than a divorce, which proposes to dissolve a marriage that is in existence.


2) Why are annulments an important issue in the Catholic Church?

Jesus Christ expressly taught...READ MORE

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How About Post-Cana Counseling?

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As expected, Pope Francis' annulment reforms seem to be both sensible and doctrinally sound.  The first unofficial English translation of the two Apostolic Letters can be found here.  CNN sums up the three main changes this way:

• Eliminating a second review by a cleric before a marriage can be nullified.

• Giving bishops the ability to fast-track and grant the annulments themselves in certain circumstances -- for example, when spousal abuse or an extramarital affair has occurred.

• The process should be free, except for a nominal fee for administrative costs, and should be completed within 45 days.

That second point, as it's reported by CNN, is the one that will probably cause the...READ MORE

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Is Sex Slavery Sanctioned in Islam?

09/08/2015 Comments (11)

A recent article in The New York Times reports on the Islamic State’s institution of sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria. More specifically, the piece focuses on the Islamic State’s religious justification for the practice. Here is the opening paragraph:

In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.

Before and after the rape, the man prostrated himself in prayer. “He told me,” said the girl, “that according to Islam...READ MORE

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You've Got to Watch Sarah Palin Talk About Abortion and Down Syndrome on CNN

09/07/2015 Comments (15)

There's a few things to love here. The way Sarah Palin speaks from the heart and experience about the miracle of life even when one is scared about their child being different.

And then on a more political slant, you've got to appreciate how CNN's Jake Tapper gives Sarah Palin the room to speak from the heart about this issue. It's really quite wonderful.

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Kim Davis is Right to Fight This Despotic and Shameful Law

09/07/2015 Comments (107)

For many years now “gay” activists (who do not speak for every American with same-sex attraction) have spoken extensively of tolerance and called for inclusion, acceptance, etc. They have lamented that they were victims of oppression and discrimination and often appealed to a “live and let live” idea. Yes, it was supposed to be all about tolerance and inclusion, or so they said.

But as of this writing, Kim Davis heroically sits in a prison cell since she refused to be compelled to obey what she considers an immoral and unjust law. Tolerance and inclusion, it would seem, have taken a holiday, along with “live and let live.” Legal compulsion is now the modus operandi for our formally...READ MORE

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Vatican Cracks Down on Devout Catholic Bus Plunges

09/07/2015 Comments (15)

Everybody loves a riddle.  See if you can guess what ties these people together based on the MSM coverage:

  • “Brought up a devout Catholic, [he] aspired to become a priest….”
  • Although a devout Catholic, [she] is happy to face evil in her latest film, she tells Gill Pringle:
.."At home I expose my children to all faiths. I put a different book on the stairs leading up to our bedrooms - books on Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and so on. I want them to get a taste of different religions and see how different people approach things and what their motivation is. But, for me, The Omen is not about religion. It's just another role and it's been a lot of fun. Besides, my mother never...READ MORE

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