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« on: February 02, 2010, 09:28:32 PM »

I'm very disappointed in reading this from the Vatican.  My mother was divorced and remarried for around 15 years before finally deciding to pursue the annulment process.  She had become far more of a devout Catholic by this time then she was when first divorced (although she did care enough that she continued going to mass most of the time even though she was forbidden to receive the sacraments).  When she finally received the annulment papers in the mail, she was overjoyed and quickly made arrangements to get married again in the Church.  She is now so happy to be able to participate again in the sacramental life of her Church after having been denied for so many years because her first marriage didn't work out.

Now the Pope of Rome wants to make it harder for millions of Catholics to get an annulment and thus return to participation in the RC sacraments every Sunday.  How sad that the RCC will not under any circumstances permitt a divorce in the first place.  Thank God that Orthodoxy, although always striving to preserve the dignity of marriage, allows for the option of divorce.  Thank God to belong to a Church which tolerates human nature and understands the weakness of the flesh.



http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=5294



 
Granting easy access to marriage annulments is an offense against both justice and charity, said Pope Benedict XVI on January 29.

The Pope’s message has a particular resonance in the US, whose Catholic Church tribunals account for more than half of the world’s annulment decrees. Pope Benedict, like Pope John Paul II before him, has repeatedly argued for a more vigorous defense of the marital bond.
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010, 09:41:57 PM »

I'm very disappointed in reading this from the Vatican.  My mother was divorced and remarried for around 15 years before finally deciding to pursue the annulment process.  She had become far more of a devout Catholic by this time then she was when first divorced (although she did care enough that she continued going to mass most of the time even though she was forbidden to receive the sacraments).  When she finally received the annulment papers in the mail, she was overjoyed and quickly made arrangements to get married again in the Church.  She is now so happy to be able to participate again in the sacramental life of her Church after having been denied for so many years because her first marriage didn't work out.

Now the Pope of Rome wants to make it harder for millions of Catholics to get an annulment and thus return to participation in the RC sacraments every Sunday.  How sad that the RCC will not under any circumstances permitt a divorce in the first place.  Thank God that Orthodoxy, although always striving to preserve the dignity of marriage, allows for the option of divorce.  Thank God to belong to a Church which tolerates human nature and understands the weakness of the flesh.



http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=5294



 
Granting easy access to marriage annulments is an offense against both justice and charity, said Pope Benedict XVI on January 29.

The Pope’s message has a particular resonance in the US, whose Catholic Church tribunals account for more than half of the world’s annulment decrees. Pope Benedict, like Pope John Paul II before him, has repeatedly argued for a more vigorous defense of the marital bond.


The Church doesn't allow the option of divorce (though laxity has made that de facto: the Antiochian Archdiocese recently reiterated the true praxis on the matter). It allows remarriage when that is warranted.

I have no use for the Vatican's korban factories, but no fault divorce solves nothing, betters nothing, and damages much.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2010, 09:49:12 PM »

Well Orthodoxy obviously does not permit no fault divorce, but the Church allows for divorce in some circumstances.  How could people be remarried if there is no divorce beforehand (unless your going to tell me that the Church also permitts polygamy)?

I hope that some jurisdictions in Orthodoxy, in some attempt to prove "traditional then the traditionalist" do not do away with the great economy of discipline practiced in Orthodoxy.  This very "laxity" which some condemn is what lead me back to the Church in the first place.

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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2010, 09:51:30 PM »

http://orthodoxwiki.org/Marriage


Divorce
Orthodoxy regards the marriage bond as indissoluble, and it condemns the breakdown of marriage as a sin and an evil. The Orthodox Church does permits divorce and remarriage, as an exception, a necessary concession to human sin. While condemning sin, the Church desires to help the sinners and to allow them another chance, with an act of oikonomia . When a marriage has ceased to be a reality, the Orthodox Church faces the reality with philanthropia (loving kindness).

Second marriage
The Orthodox Church teaches that a second union can never be the same as the first. In the service for a second marriage, some of the joyful ceremonies are omitted and replaced by penitential prayers.
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