Friday, February 27, 2015

Boston Globe Editorial: Vatican Outdated Rules on Divorce and Annulment Need Reform

The Boston Globe is very encouraged by Pope Francis who, unlike 2000 years of his predecessors kisses the little children, and has added dissolving marriages and using contraception to his agenda:

It’s encouraging that Francis is adding divorce to the list of topics open to debate under his papacy. But just like other controversial matters of dogma, such as the church’s ban on artificial contraception and gay marriage, there’s a wide gulf between traditionalists and those who long for change.

Francis is trying to bridge that gulf. But it still feels like it’s going to take a miracle to convince those who oppose any softening of the idea that the sacrament of marriage is forever.

Oh, believe you me, Pope Francis will be needing something outside the realm of 'a miracle' to issue his edict saying marriage is over when you meet some new eye candy. If he doesn't realize by now that disordered and heretical act will be the waterloo of his papacy, his expertise in willful ignorance will go down in the annals of Catholic history as historic.

Check out the drama:

THE SISTER-IN-LAW who faithfully attends weekly Mass, but couldn’t celebrate a second marriage in a Catholic Church because she and her husband-to-be were previously divorced. The friend who was told he couldn’t join the Parish Council because he married a divorced woman and, by the way, shouldn’t be receiving Communion.

To Catholics, practicing and lapsed, those are familiar anecdotes. They are the stories of fellow Catholics who find that due to a decision to end their own marriage, and remarry, or to marry someone who is divorced, “they are excommunicated de facto,” as Pope Francis put it, with all the personal anguish that can entail.

These people entered into a contract with the Church where they vowed to remain in their marriage until death - no matter what happens.

Through sickness, poverty, boredom, unhappiness, meeting someone else or whatever else have you.

They couldn't be bothered filling out paperwork that explains the reasons why they didn't or couldn't.

It was too much trouble and they don't wish to state that when they entered the contract and made the promises and vows to remain in the marriage unto death, they lacked information or substance to enter into the contract.

Yet annulment is still unappealing to many couples who want to dissolve an unhappy marriage but don’t care to share intimate details, as required by the church, or agree to the notion that the marriage never happened at all.

Today, those couples have only two choices: Stay in an unfulfilling marriage and remain a good Catholic in the eyes of the church; or end their marriage via divorce and lose connection with their church. How wonderful if Francis could change that. For Catholic families burdened by the church’s unfair annulment process, that would be revolutionary.

Good old Francis is on the case.

TTC friend CJ Doyle submitted an outstanding letter to the editor:

February 27, 2015

Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
P. O. Bo 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

To the Editor:

In its editorial on the Catholic Church and divorce, the Globe referred to those who believe "the sacrament of marriage is forever." (Outdated rules on divorce, annulment need reform, 2/23/2015).

Your editorial writer neglected to mention that those who believe that marriage should be until death include the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, who said "What God has joined together, let no man put asunder."

Does anyone seriously think that the Catholic Church is going to abandon the 2,000 year old teaching of her Founder so she can embrace the bourgeois values of modern society exemplified by, well, the Globe's editorial board?

The Globe views the Church in sociological terms, as a human institution which could ease the consciences of its members by making its requirements less rigorous. The Church understands herself as an institution of Divine origin, entrusted with the mission of saving souls, by bringing men and women to the knowledge of the truth.


C. J. Doyle

Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
35 Montclair Avenue
Boston, MA 02132
(617) 524-6309

I believe they do seriously think Francis is going to abandon the 2000 year old teaching of Christ!


M. Prodigal said...

They have reason to think that the present pope might try to change the teachings of Christ...

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they derive some sort of glee from what appears to me to be such demonic mischief making. Francis may not formally change the doctrine but he is certainly sending out enough tantelizing ideas so as to allow those brazen enough to interpret the circumstances according to what they feel are the needs of the poor suffering souls who want to partake in receiving the Blessed Sacrament..(on their terms ) Pas opposed to perenial church teaching. It's just all too reminiscent of Vatican II......the media will report and it will become an interpretive dance routine.... And sadly one in which the Boston Archdiocese will excel.

min-bee said...

The letter you posted is great. I would, however, change one word: "bourgeois." I think "leftist" would more accurately describe the stance of the Globe.

I believe Francis has little respect for marriage and he has little respect tor those who are or have "bourgeois" values. Historically, the communists and other leftists favor "free love," abortion, contraception, etc. because they do not want the primary unit of society be the family.

If we exclude the present person who sits in the Chair of Peter, Dorothy Day is the most prominent example of a Catholic who despised the "bourgeois." She did not abandon her Marxist beliefs, as the blog "Dorothy Day Another Way" documents.