While this is all true, the Church’s silence and capitulation on “no-fault” divorce hasn’t helped any. Then, to compound the Church’s culpability, at least in the U.S. and most of the Church in the West, it requires civil divorce (i.e., “no-fault” divorce) before the tribunals will accept a petition for nullity (annulment), thus further undermining marriage. Especially, when it is a near certainty that the annulment will be granted (over 90%).
To: Catholic Iowan
Absolutely correct. The acceptance of no-fault divorce laws was the first stumble. But where the Church really fell is when it allowed the blanket rejection of Humanae Vitae
by large segments of the laity (and clergy) to stand uncorrected. Rather than risk "downsizing" the church by inviting those who rejected Catholic teaching to be consistent and leave the Church altogether, instead they "compromised" and kept silent and so allowed the moral rot to seep from the secular culture through the pews and into the sanctuary itself.
The result is the enfeebled moral authority the Church has today.
posted on 05/20/2012 11:30:06 AM PDT
(consequence is what makes our choices real)
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