Skip to comments.The pastoral approach to marriage should be founded on truth (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)
Posted on 12/02/2011 4:15:22 PM PST by Pyro7480
...There exists a clear consensus among the Fathers regarding the indissolubility of marriage. Since it derives from the will of the Lord, the Church has no authority over it. For this reason, from the outset Christian marriage was distinct from marriage in Roman society, even though in the first centuries there did not yet exist any canonical system. The Church in the time of the Fathers clearly excluded divorce and remarriage, precisely out of faithful obedience to the New Testament....
In the Imperial Church after Constantine, with the ever stronger interplay between Church and State, a greater flexibility and readiness for compromise in difficult marital situations was sought. Up until the Gregorian reform, a similar tendency was present in Gallic and Germanic lands. In the Eastern churches separated from Rome, this development progressed farther in the second millennium and led to an increasingly more liberal praxis. Today in some of these churches there are numerous grounds for divorce, even a theology of divorce, which is in no way compatible with Jesus words regarding the indissolubility of marriage. Without fail, this problem must be addressed in ecumenical dialogue.
- In the West, on account of the Gregorian reform, the original concept of the Church Fathers was recovered. This development came to its conclusion at the Council of Trent and was once again expressed as a doctrine of the Church at the Second Vatican Council.
On doctrinal grounds, the praxis of the Eastern churches separated from Rome cannot be taken up by the Catholic Church, as it is the result of a complex historical process, an increasingly liberal and thus more and more removed from the words of the Lord interpretation of several obscure patristic texts which were significantly influenced by civil law....
(Excerpt) Read more at osservatoreromano.va ...
Looking at it that way was new to me. I never thought of it that way. I find that pretty insightful for MANY divorces...shouldda never happened.
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