Annulments and the Catholic Church

Our Sunday Visitor had an article on “Top 10 Annulment Myths.” It provoked this response from Bai Macfarlane (divorced in scandalous fashion by her Catholic celebrity husband, Bud). For more about Bai and her struggle to save her own marriage and the marriages of others, see Mary’s Advocates.

In Defense of Marriage

At the Spectrum blog, Jared Wright argues in behalf of homosexual marriage. 1. Adventists affirm separation of church and state. Advocating a ban on same-sex marriage on moral grounds is tantamount to coercive mandating of a religious viewpoint. We cannot spread morality by force through law! We should oppose all efforts to do so. First,…

On Marriage and Family

Some Seventh-day Adventist statements on marriage and family: From the Fundamental Beliefs: Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as to the spouse, and should be entered…

“Contraception and Homosexuality”

Raymond Dennehy argues at Ignatius Insight that if you accept contraception you can’t hold out against homosexuality. Sexual intercourse between homosexuals and between heterosexuals using contraceptives is identical in this, they are both by their very nature sterile. The increasing legislative and judicial pressure for the right of same-sex couples to marry is simply the…

Cohabitation

A liberal Catholic magazine, U.S. Catholic, published by the Claretian order, has an article saying the Catholic church needs to get with the times and approve of cohabitation. Michael G. Lawler and Gail S. Risch are both on the staff of the Center for Marriage and Family at Creighton University in Nebraska (“a university in…

Case Studies in Catholic Marriages and Canon Law

Former Mrs. Kennedy wins appeal to Rome. She was never informed of the initial decree, and wasn’t informed of her successful appeal for two years. Update: Jimmy Akin and Ed Peters respond to Time, but they never stop to ask if the Catholic system of canon law regarding marriage–its investigations into marital validity, its tribunals…

Marriage is not a joke

But the Texas legislature was laughing a lot yesterday. The issue was a proposal to try to stem the tide of easy divorce by 1) encouraging some basic marriage preparation and 2) encouraging reconciliation of partners. How can the state encourage marriage preparation? By making marriage licenses free for those who prepare, and costly for…