RIGHT…AND WRONG…WITH THE
This is about MARRIAGE: the free-will contractual and sacramental union of a man and a woman into a oneness of life and purpose, including the express desire and plan to conceive and raise children, a union to persist until the death of one of the parties, and a union entered into in accordance with the forms established by the Catholic Church.
The good news is the
fact that the Church places great…even foundational… emphasis on the
role of marriage in the life of individuals and of society. Several references supporting this statement
follow: 1) the Gospel of St Mark 10:2-16; 2) “Marriage and the Family:
Humanity’s Future”, Zenit 10/1/09; 3) “
The troubling news relates to two issues:
1) the injection by the Church, in my opinion without jurisdiction, into the realm of the sexual life of committed married couples in the discharge of their responsibility regarding family size. This has already been addressed elsewhere in this series. Related here is the issue of contraceptive use within the marriage bond, often perceived to be given the gravity of teachings on abortion – that act always gravely wrong except to save the life of the mother.
issue of Annulments in the Catholic
Church, generally perceived as the
Catholic marriage “Mulligan”. Many books
and articles have addressed this subject.
I refer the reader to only three: a)
“Annulments and the Catholic
Church”, by Edward Peters,
J.D., J.C. D., a very useful exposition in question and answer form; b) “The
Annulment Crisis In The Church”, by Fr. Leonard Kennedy, (Catholic
3/18/2000, 15-37; c) “The Church’s ‘Loose Canon’”, by Sheila Rauch
Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2007. The
facts and statistics are overwhelming, especially with regard to the
application of Canon 1095 as a massive breach in the otherwise
around Catholic Marriage. The problem is
especially acute in the