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Vatican 'backs ex-Kennedy wife'
BBC News ^ | 6-20-07

Posted on 06/20/2007 11:25:56 PM PDT by wanderin

The Vatican has reversed the annulment of former US Congressman Joseph P Kennedy II's first marriage, his ex-wife Sheila Rauch says. They were divorced in 1991 and Mr Kennedy obtained the annulment in secret in 1993, before he married his secretary Anne Elizabeth Kelly.

Ms Rauch had alleged that the Kennedy family had used its influence in the church to obtain the annulment.

Mr Kennedy is the nephew of President John F Kennedy, assassinated in 1963.

His father, Robert Kennedy, was in turn murdered in 1968 as he campaigned for the Democratic Party's nomination for presidential candidate.

"The annulment decision totally overlooked the fact that I felt that we had a very strong marriage in the beginning, we had two wonderful children, and it lasted," said Ms Rauch.

The Vatican reached its decision in 2005 and informed her in May, Ms Rauch said.

She received the notification in Latin and had it translated by the archdiocese of Boston, the Boston Globe newspaper says.

Mr Kennedy has made no comment on the Vatican's decision.

An annulment declares a marriage invalid, allowing a person to marry again in the Roman Catholic Church and receive the sacraments.

Mr Kennedy served in the US House of Representatives from 1987 to 1999.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: annulment; congressman; kennedy; marriage
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The church giveth, the church taketh away.

Good for her for fighting this.

1 posted on 06/20/2007 11:25:58 PM PDT by wanderin
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To: wanderin

Very shariah-like.


2 posted on 06/20/2007 11:28:32 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: wanderin
She received the notification in Latin

How courteous.

3 posted on 06/20/2007 11:33:48 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Lorianne
I thought it was an extremely bad decision when the church granted the annulment.

This marriage had 2 children involved.

Does an annulment make the children fall into the illegitimate category?

4 posted on 06/20/2007 11:34:52 PM PDT by wanderin
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To: Lorianne
Very shariah-like.

How so? The church is only saying that Kennedy is not entitled to communion or to remarry IN THE CHURCH. It would be sharia-like were the church's ruling to have the effect of law.

Don't see why you have a problem with a private organization saying who can and who cannot be members and have the privileges of membership (communion and marriage in the church). What you are really saying is that non-members, like you and me, ought to be able to tell the Catholic Church which of its membership policies are OK and which aren't. I would feel ridiculous telling an organization how it should run when I am not a member.

5 posted on 06/20/2007 11:42:16 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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How so?
Because it is very capricious ... very like sharia law.


6 posted on 06/20/2007 11:58:50 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Then it’s a good thing the annulment was reversed. Under Sharia law, she’d be stoned to death for having those kids out of wedlock.


7 posted on 06/21/2007 12:01:32 AM PDT by BykrBayb (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub ~ )
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To: wanderin

I recently read Mrs. Kennedy’s book about the annulment proceedings, “Shattered Faith.” At the end of the book, the tribunal in Boston had granted the annulment, and Mrs. Kennedy had appealed to Rome. I wondered what the outcome was, and am pleased she got the annulment reversed.


8 posted on 06/21/2007 12:27:09 AM PDT by Huntress (The United States already has enough people with college degrees. Who is going to cut their tobacco?)
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To: Huntress

Mrs. Kennedy=Ms. Rauch.


9 posted on 06/21/2007 12:27:44 AM PDT by Huntress (The United States already has enough people with college degrees. Who is going to cut their tobacco?)
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To: Mercat

Ping!


10 posted on 06/21/2007 12:30:19 AM PDT by Huntress (The United States already has enough people with college degrees. Who is going to cut their tobacco?)
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To: Lorianne
Because it is very capricious ... very like sharia law.

Viewed from your lofty perspective, I expect that every organization's membership rules would therefore appear capricious. Some folks are out. Some are in. Some behavior is out. Some is in. Any rule you disagree with appears to qualify as "capricious."

I have a hard time seeing how any slicing of the article gets you to any point where the comparison of the Catholic Church's actions to folks who bury women in the sand to their necks and throw stones at them is anything other than a gratuitous, nasty, and unfounded slur.

If your perspective gets lofty enough, you become unable to make even the most obvious distinctions.

11 posted on 06/21/2007 12:34:50 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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I agree with you, he did her dirty.

Not that a Kennedy has ever pulled anything before that is low down and dirty. /s

12 posted on 06/21/2007 12:35:12 AM PDT by wanderin
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To: SteveMcKing

I assume she knew she would.


13 posted on 06/21/2007 12:39:42 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: wanderin

So now he must become a Mormon since he has two wives??


14 posted on 06/21/2007 2:03:11 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: wanderin

The kennedy’s do NOT need the vatican to sanction their marriages.....

they are the kennedys...dontcha know!!!!


15 posted on 06/21/2007 2:15:11 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: wanderin

No, an annulment only states that at least one of the parents of the children was an illegitimate participant in the Sacrament of Marriage.

Oh, wait, he’s a Kennedy, and from Massachusetts? That makes him think illegality is something to be celebrated and that there is not Sacrament of Marriage.


16 posted on 06/21/2007 2:36:55 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Lorianne
it is very capricious

Not really. Quite explicitly spelled out, actually. Just not consistantly adhered to by American clergy.

17 posted on 06/21/2007 2:43:21 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A man who will not defend himself does not deserve to be defended by others.)
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To: ModelBreaker

Sharia law varies in its severity in different cultures, but it has one thing in common wherever it is practiced, capriciousness.

Likewise, some of the dealings within other religions.

Granted, the Catholic Church has come a long way from where it once was ... but it still has arcane medieval elements. Sorry if that offends you ... but this ruling was a huge embarrassment for the Catholic Church ... and they well know it.


18 posted on 06/21/2007 3:03:50 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Jeff Chandler

I rest my case.


19 posted on 06/21/2007 3:09:15 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: wanderin

My ex husband tried this after a 21 year marriage and 2 children. The Catholic Church looks to who is making donations. The cause for my annulment was “immaturity”. Hey, I am the one that was responsible for 2 kids during the Vietnam war, etc, etc. The guys that try this are living in a dream world. :You can not change history and the damage that they do to their older children is disgusting. You would not believe the pressure from the Catholic Church that I received to agree with this nonsense. I never did give them one bit of satisfaction and so far as I know they dropped it.


20 posted on 06/21/2007 3:39:08 AM PDT by DooDahhhh
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