Monday, May 24, 2021

On the Issue of Divorce

 From Leila Miller:

This is the mind of the Church, from Canon Law (emphasis mine):

1153 §1. If either of the spouses causes grave mental or physical danger to the other spouse or to the offspring or otherwise renders common life too difficult, that spouse gives the other a legitimate cause for leaving, either by decree of the local ordinary or even on his or her own authority if there is danger in delay.

§2. In all cases, when the cause for the separation ceases, conjugal living must be restored unless ecclesiastical authority has established otherwise.

The Church, in mind and teaching and law, gives permission for physical separation, but always with the hope of future reconciliation. Even should circumstances require separation to be indefinite, the marriage bond remains, with no “moving on” of the spouses. And, although in limited cases the Church will “tolerate” civil divorce if it’s the “only possible way of ensuring certain legal rights” (CCC 2383), such a decree does not make one “unmarried”—and Catholics must never adopt the dangerous mindset that it does.

How many of us know and understand the mind of the Church on this? Further, how many of us fight for the mind of the Church on this?  (Read more.)


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