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  • First Kiwi lesbian “marriage” over already?

    07/21/2014 10:00:14 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 31 replies
    Conjugality ^ | 17 July, 2014 | Carolyn Moynihan
    New Zealand’s first same-sex “marriage” is shaping up to become the country’s first same-sex divorce. Less than a year since they became the poster girls for the country’s new legal definition of marriage (last August) the NZ Herald reports that Melissa Ray, a former Ferns football player, and Natasha Vitali, a sales rep, are “believed to have split”. The main source of the story appears to be Ms Vitali’s Facebook page on which the following poem appeared yesterday: Drink it down, laugh it off, Avoid the drama, take chances, And never have regrets Because at one point everything you did...
  • Saudi Man Divorces Wife for Driving Car

    06/30/2014 11:38:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, June 30, 2014
    Wife denies report, saying she was divorced because of family riftsA Saudi man divorced his wife just after he saw her driving a car on social networks, but the woman denied the report, saying she was divorced because of persistent rifts. The unnamed woman said she would file a lawsuit against her husband for his cruelty and beating her up during their marriage and that she would demand alimony. “The report that he divorced me for driving a car is not true… if this is the reason, then I would not only drive a car but perform stunt driving,” she...
  • Vatican issues working document for Synod of Bishops on the family

    06/27/2014 1:27:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 26, 2014
    The Synod of Bishops has released the instrumentum laboris, or working document, for its upcoming 3rd extraordinary general assembly, which will take place from October 5 to 19. The instrumentum laboris acknowledges the severe difficulties facing the family today, and “the growing conflict between the values on marriage and the family as proposed by the Church” and those prevailing in contemporary societies. The 75-page document suggests that most people— including many Catholics—are not acquainted with the Christian vision of marriage. While showing clear support for Church teachings on controversial issues such as birth control, divorce, remarriage, and same-sex unions, the...
  • Marriage, Divorce, and Communion - An Interview with Cardinal Thomas Collins

    06/25/2014 6:47:21 PM PDT · by scouter · 34 replies
    Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire ^ | 6/25/2014 | Brandon Vogt
    It is always assumed by the Church that Couples are truly, or "validly" married. The burden of proof is on anyone who says that they are not... One thing that would help would be if all of us realized that receiving communion is not obligatory at Mass... Lot's of good stuff in this interview.
  • Darnell Dockett deletes tweet about divorce, not blaming O.J. Simpson

    06/23/2014 5:13:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    CBSSports.com ^ | June 22, 2014 | Ryan Wilson
    Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett isn't afraid to speak his mind, and it usually takes place on Twitter. Often, it's funny, other times it's just weird (and ultimately not true). But on Saturday, Dockett probably would've been better off saying nothing at all.
  • What Jesus Said About Divorce

    06/12/2014 1:56:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 12, 2014 | DANIEL THIMONS
    Pope Francis concluded his homily during the Canonization Mass of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II by invoking the intercession of the two new saints as the Church journeys towards the upcoming Synod on the Family. He finished his homily with the beautiful words, “May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves.”The Church is called during this time in preparation for the Synod, to reflect ever more deeply on...
  • Oklahomans react to law requiring classes for divorcing parents

    06/12/2014 10:24:43 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 81 replies
    KOCO ^ | 06/11/2014 | Brian Shlonsky
    OKLAHOMA CITY —Oklahomans filing for divorce will now have to go through an extra step if they have kids. Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill last week that requires married couples who have children younger than 18 to pay for and attend classes before they can split. Those classes will cost anywhere between $15 and $60 and will teach parents about the impact divorce will have on the kids. Many Oklahoma residents have mixed feelings about the new law. “I don’t think it’s a bad idea, but I just don’t agree with people have to go to classes,” Linda Fuller...
  • Saudi Divorces Wife for Buying Beverage Can

    06/09/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, June 08, 2014
    Wife disobeyed, hubby says; he is mean, she countersA Saudi man divorced his wife for disobeying him and buying a beverage can although she has given him four children, a newspaper reported on Sunday. The unnamed man had repeatedly refused his wife’s request to buy her beverage on the grounds he did not want her to have such drinks. But the wife rebuffed her husband’s claims, saying he has refused to buy her beverage and many other items because he is mean. “When the husband returned home one day, he found that his wife has bought a beverage can…he immediately...
  • Why Divorced Men Are Best to Date (and Marry)

    06/08/2014 11:33:25 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 169 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 06/05/2014 | Laurel House
    He has been broken down! Divorced men understand what it's like to be in a committed relationship within which there are compromises and accommodations. His resistance has already been broken down by another woman so that you don't have to endure the push back yourself. He uses his words. Divorced men tend to be better communicators. There is a decent chance that he went to therapy during his marriage, if not after, and he has become fairly proficient at communicating needs and feelings more clearly. He's been broken in! Another thing about divorced men that you might not want to...
  • New poll on US morality shows need for clearer preaching: Head of Human Life International

    06/07/2014 3:54:22 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 3, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    A Gallup poll released May 30 showing large majorities of Americans now agree that homosexual relations, contraception, divorce, and fornication are "morally acceptable” highlights the need for strong preaching on moral issues, says the president of Human Life International. “The acceptability of these evils is a direct result of people not being engaged in public debate against those trying to force us to accept these issues,” Father Shenan Boquet told LifeSiteNews. “That’s why it’s so important for faith leaders to speak out and find new ways to help the public understand moral teachings on controversial issues.” Father Shenan Boquet, president...
  • Michael Moore Uses Andrew Breitbart Against Wife in Divorce Case

    06/07/2014 11:20:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 06/07/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    All is fair in love and war even when you’re an anti-war activist. And Michael Moore is using a Breitbart article about his $2 million vacation home to claim his wife was making him look bad. With his divorce trial looming, Michael Moore is battling his wife over the valuation of the couple’s assets, while branding her a spendthrift who “unilaterally wasted a large percentage of the marital funds” building a lakefront mansion that has prompted mocking news stories about the activist filmmaker’s wealth.Moore and Glynn jointly own “multiple substantial residences and multiple companies,” including Dog Eat Dog Films, the...
  • Michael Moore, Wife Tangle Over Divorce Dollars

    06/05/2014 4:47:31 PM PDT · by Callahan · 86 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 6/5/2014 | Anon.
    UNE 5--With his divorce trial looming, Michael Moore is battling his wife over the valuation of the couple’s assets, while branding her a spendthrift who “unilaterally wasted a large percentage of the marital funds” building a lakefront mansion that has prompted mocking news stories about the activist filmmaker’s wealth. Moore and Kathleen Glynn are scheduled for trial next month in a Michigan courtroom not far from the sprawling Torch Lake residence that the Hollywood power contends became a money pit that cost five times what his wife claimed she would spend on the home.
  • SHOCKER!! Men and Women have Different Views on Marriage!!

    06/05/2014 6:29:53 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 56 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | 6/4/2014 | Vikki Stark
    Do you remember what it was like when you were twelve? If you’re female and were like many girls, your friends were everything to you. You talked on the phone for hours, chatting passionately about who sat next to whom in the lunchroom, whether you liked Joanne’s new haircut, or making detailed plans about who to invite to your birthday party. You likely also spent a bunch of time planning your life – what your wedding would be like, what kind of dress you would wear, what kind of house you wanted, how many kids you were going to have...
  • Culture reroute: 9.0 on the Richter Scale (Important)

    06/02/2014 11:46:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Provo Daily Herald ^ | June 3, 2014 | Pamela Openshaw
    One of the current culture deceptions is the belief that legalizing gay marriage will not affect traditional families. Facts and common sense say the effects will be huge. It’s not about "equality"; this is a fundamental social reroute. The question of “How much change and what kind?” revolves around this: Will legal and social acceptance of same-sex marriage increase the practice? The evidence from past social changes — no-fault divorce and abortion -- says yes. Within 15 years of no-fault divorce laws, marriage breakups went from 20 percent to 50 percent. The rate of couples living together without marriage rose...
  • How I Predict Divorce Based on the Wedding Cake

    05/30/2014 7:00:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 67 replies
    Kevin A. Thompson ^ | Apr 12, 2013 | Kevin A. Thompson
    As a pastor who regularly performs weddings, I can tell that some couples are more likely to divorce than others. It’s not most evident in pre-marital counseling or private comments made before the service. I can’t see it as the vows are said or rings exchanged. It’s not even in the kiss. As a pastor, I can predict the likelihood of divorce based on how the wedding cake is exchanged. I’ve been performing wedding ceremonies since I was 18. One of the first ceremonies I performed was pretty routine. Everything went without a hitch until it came time for the...
  • MAP: Divorce Rates Around The World

    05/25/2014 10:56:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/25/2014 | Pamela Engel
    The world's highest divorce rates aren't found in the U.S. — marriage is actually a much riskier endeavor in Europe.Check out this map, which draws from the latest divorce data from each country:
  • How a Protestant spin machine hid the truth about the English Reformation

    05/25/2014 10:52:33 AM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 173 replies
    Telegraph UK blog ^ | Sunday 25 May 2014 | Dominic Selwood
    . . . . For centuries, the English have been taught that the late medieval Church was superstitious, corrupt, exploitative, and alien. Above all, we were told that King Henry VIII and the people of England despised its popish flummery and primitive rites. England was fed up to the back teeth with the ignorant mumbo-jumbo magicians of the foreign Church, and up and down the country Tudor people preferred plain-speaking, rational men like Wycliffe, Luther, and Calvin. Henry VIII achieved what all sane English and Welsh people had long desired ­– an excuse to break away from an anachronistic subjugation...
  • Why The NBA Is Taking So Long To Oust Donald Sterling (Discovery might hurt other owners)

    05/16/2014 1:37:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 15, 2014 | Roger Groves
    The question raised by NBA’s Stephen A. Smith, Spike Lee, and several NBA players, current and past, is “Why is it taking so long to fire Donald Sterling?” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was so strong and strident in his announcement that steps would be taken “immediately” to do just that. There was no ambiguity about whether they were going to fire Sterling for his racist comments against African Americans. It is a done deal. Commissioner Silver surely would not have made such a profound announcement without having consulted the other NBA owners. So why hasn’t the first shoe dropped? Like...
  • ABC News Exclusive: Shelly Sterling: 'Eventually, I'm Going to' File for Divorce

    05/11/2014 9:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 11, 2014 | Michael Rothman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Shelly Sterling said today that "eventually, I am going to" divorce her estranged husband, Donald Sterling, and if the NBA tries to force her to sell her half of the Los Angeles Clippers, she would "absolutely" fight to keep her stake in the team. "I will fight that decision," she told ABC News' Barbara Walters today in an exclusive interview. "To be honest with you, I'm wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there's 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?" Sterling...
  • Divorce

    05/09/2014 9:07:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 75 replies
    A woman says to her lawyer "I want to divorce my husband." "On what grounds?" "Grounds? We have two acres at the edge of town with a big lawn and some fruit trees." "No, that's not what I meant. Do you have a grudge?" "Yes, we have a two car garage but only one car so we use the rest for storage." The lawyer is getting exasperated, "Does he beat you up?" "No, I'm up by 6:30 and sometimes he doesn't get up until after I've left for work." "WHY DO YOU WANT A DIVORCE?" "We just can't seem to...
  • Woman Found to Have Two Husbands in Ajman

    05/08/2014 12:34:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, May 08, 2014
    She forged divorce documents to have a second husbandA court in Ajman sentenced an Arab woman to a suspended one year in prison on charges of forging official papers and having two husbands at the same time. The woman went on trial in the northern emirate after her first husband filed a law suit accusing her of marrying another man after forging documents showing that he had divorced her in their home country. The husband, in his 40s, denied divorcing her and told court that he had not travelled home with his wife at that time. The court found that...
  • Divorce Shocker: Most Marriages Do Make It (New Research)

    05/06/2014 5:41:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 62 replies
    CBN ^ | Tuesday, May 06, 2014 | Paul Strand
    Most people believe only half of U.S. marriages make it. But a leading researcher is announcing the true divorce rate is much lower and always has been. Shaunti Feldhahn received her research training at Harvard. She and her husband Jeff help people with their marriages and relationships through best-selling books like, For Women Only and For Men Only. This Atlanta-based couple often quoted in their writings and at conferences what they thought was accurate research: that most marriages are unhappy and 50 percent of them end in divorce, even in the Church. "I didn't know," Feldhahn told CBN News. "I've...
  • A Bishop’s Decision to Divorce (Gene Robinson explains his decision to "divorce")

    05/05/2014 12:32:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05/05/2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson
    Life is hard. And it just keeps on coming, ready or not. Somewhere inside me, I guess I thought that life in “retirement” would be more peaceful, easier somehow. But I am also not naďve enough to believe it for long. Recently, my partner and husband of 25-plus years and I decided to get divorced. While the details of our situation will remain appropriately private, I am seeking to be as open and honest in the midst of this decision as I have been in other dramatic moments of my life—coming out in 1986, falling in love, and accepting the...
  • I’m Not at All Eager to Start Another Brawl Over the Pope, But…

    05/02/2014 7:54:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    An email from a friend: >>Worry less about Francis on economics, but sweat the upcoming Synod on the Family instead. To paraphrase George Gilder, economic growth can get switched back on in an instant. All we need to do is set in place the right policies.<< >>But the family? Don’t mess with that. Damage to the family would be permanent. You couldn’t repair that with lower tax rates. The upcoming Synod on the Family looks to be Humanae Vitae all over again. The 1968 crowd is getting ready to make their final push before they expire.<< I wish he didn’t,...
  • Chinese Man Seeks Divorce After Smog Drives Family Apart

    05/02/2014 12:49:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 1, 2014
    Chinese man seeks divorce after smog drives family apart BEIJING Thu May 1, 2014 2:39am EDT 0 COMMENTS inShare 1 Share this Email Print RELATED TOPICS Oddly Enough » Environment » (Reuters) - A Beijing man is seeking to divorce his wife after she took their son to a tropical island province to escape the capital's notorious smog, saying the long-distance relationship had destroyed their marriage, state media said on Thursday. The man, identified only by his family name of Wang, married his wife in 2008 and had a son two years later, the Beijing Times reported, in a story...
  • Florida (RAT) Rep. Alan Grayson accuses wife of bigamy in divorce papers

    04/29/2014 6:25:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/29/14 | Adam Edelman
    A Florida congressman has accused his wife of 24 years of being wed to another man for much of the duration of their marriage. Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, alleged in divorce papers that his union with his wife, Lolita, was a “bigamous marriage” because she was already married when he wed her in 1990. In the petition, Grayson accuses his wife of having filed a false application for their marriage license 24 years ago, when she lied about not being divorced from the other man at the time of their marriage.
  • Eliot Spitzer's ex-wife Silda gets $7.5m in divorce deal

    04/28/2014 12:05:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4-28-14 | Louise Boyle
    Eliot Spitzer's ex-wife finally has something to smile about after the details of her multimillion-dollar divorce settlement from the disgraced 'Luv Guv' were revealed today. Silda Wall Spitzer gets a $7.5million payout and to keep her luxury Fifth Avenue apartment overlooking Central Park in Manhattan as part of the deal. The ex-New York governor's former wife, who grimly stood by him when his predilection for expensive call girls came to light in 2008, will also receive $240,000-a-year maintenance for life.
  • Papal phone calls cannot change Church doctrine, canonist assures (Catholic Caucus)

    04/25/2014 1:36:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Credit: Petr Kratochvil (CC0 1.0). Vatican City, Apr 25, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marriage is indissoluble according to the doctrine of the Church and a Pope’s phone call could not change that, a canon lawyer has explained. Media speculation arose this week over an alleged phone call made by Pope Francis to a divorced and remarried Argentine woman. It is claimed he told her she could receive Communion. It is simply “impossible Pope Francis would have changed the doctrine on the indissolubility of the marriage” via a phone call, responded Fr. Hector Franceschi, a professor of canon law...
  • Doubts increase over Pope's alleged phone call on divorce

    04/24/2014 1:42:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2014
    Father Federico Lombardi. Credit: CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2014 / 05:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Media frenzy over an alleged phone call Pope Francis made to a divorced and remarried woman allowing her to receive Communion has seen a rise in conflicting details – and has been lamented by the Vatican as causing “confusion.” Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said today that the Holy See will not officially comment on the alleged phone call Pope Francis made to an Argentinean woman this week, as the pontiff's “personal pastoral” relationships “do not in any way form part of the Pope's public activities.”...
  • Obama goes stag to Asia, and Japanese don't like it (+video)

    04/23/2014 9:02:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 22, 2014 | Howard LaFranchi
    Obama travels to Japan without the first lady, and Japanese tongues are wagging about what that says about Japan's place on the US priority list. After all, Michelle Obama and daughters recently went to (gasp!) China. ... Now on the eve of Mr. Obama’s state visit to Tokyo this week, Japan is back to openly fretting about its place on America’s priority list – particularly in comparison to rising rival China. The reason? When Obama arrives Wednesday evening, he’ll disembark Air Force One solo – without first lady Michelle Obama. Obama will be the first US president to come to...
  • Japanese MP angry Michelle didn't join prez, claims Obama CHEATS, looming divorce 'open secret'

    04/23/2014 9:28:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 23, 2014 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    A prominent Japanese politician has raised hackles as Barack Obama visits Tokyo by claiming it's an 'open secret' that he and the first lady are headed for divorce, and that the president has been using Secret Service agents to cover for him as he pursues extramarital affairs. Kazuyuki Hamada, who sits in the upper house of Japan's parliament, earned his PhD a half-mile from the White House at George Washington University, and emerged as a shrill commentator on America's economy and foreign policy. In 2009 he also joined the ranks of the so-called 'birthers,' arguing in a book titled 'Who...
  • Obama and Beyoncé singing a love song?

    02/10/2014 10:17:12 PM PST · by Kozy · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 02/10/2014 | Peter Allen
    French press break Obama and Beyoncé possible affair. Washington Post sits on it again. This explains the early Valentine dinner the Obamas celebrated last week.
  • Barack Obama cheating scandal alleged (Vera Baker holed up at Washington, D.C. hotel?)

    05/03/2010 5:03:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 91 replies · 3,550+ views
    Asia One ^ | 5/03/10
    Barack Obama cheating scandal allegedThe Korea Herald/Asia News Network Mon, May 03, 2010 HAS President Barack Obama been having an affair with Vera Baker? That's the shocking allegation made by the National Enquirer in this week's edition, according to a Hollywood Gossip report. The publication claims Obama and Baker, a former campaign aide, holed up at Washington, D.C. hotel, and a "security video" could expose everything, it said. Baker, now 35, worked tirelessly to get Obama elected to the U.S. Senate, raising millions in campaign contributions, in 2004, the news report said. They grew close since. While Vera Baker insists...
  • The True Story Surrounding The Death of Jay Z’s Mistress Cathy White

    03/02/2014 5:01:16 PM PST · by mgist · 43 replies
    DIary of A Hollywood Street King ^ | September 5th, 2011 | NA
    The True Story Surrounding The Death of Jay Z’s Mistress Cathy White (Interesting information on the couple Obama says serve as an example to our young people. Cathy White's Suspicious Death Update: My NYPD source has just (9/2/2011 @ 17:00) confirmed with me that the cause of death is listed as natural until further investigation can be completed. —————————————————————– HSK Exclusive - HSK was the first to reveal that 28 year old Cathy White was Jay Z’s mistress. Don’t believe me? Ask Claudia Jordan. Yesterday, I got the news that Cathy Michelle White had suddenly passed away, so I quickly...
  • 16 Examples That Show The United States Has Become A Seriously Messed Up Country

    04/13/2014 10:28:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The American Dream blog ^ | March 5, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    In recent years, it has been quite common to hear our politicians and top media personalities talk about the need for America to use military force to impose “our values” on the rest of the world. But what “values” could they possibly be talking about? The truth is that we don’t have any “values” worth sharing with anyone at this point. America has become a festering cesspool of garbage and filth, and it is getting worse with each passing day. As a nation, we need to humble ourselves and turn away from our wicked deeds and rediscover the values that...
  • Alan Grayson's Wife Accuses Him Of Trying To Kill Her, Admits Long-Term Abuse

    04/08/2014 11:28:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | April 7, 2014 | Javier Manjarres
    As most divorce cases usually are, the recently filed, already ugly divorce case between Congressman Alan Grayson and his with Lolita, has taken another turn for worse for the self-proclaimed "Congressman with Guts." During an interview with police over the recent incident at couples home in Orlando, Florida, in which Lolita Grayson accused the congressman of assaulting her, Grayson's soon-to-be ex-wife accused him of long-term spousal abuse. Orlando's WFTV Channel 9 obtained the audio of Lolita Grayson's interview with Police. "I'm done. My husband has always been hitting me for years," she told investigators. "He's been hitting me a lot....
  • Cook County GOP Chief: No Regrets About Threats to Ex's Boyfriend

    04/05/2014 11:03:45 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 2, 2014 | Dan Mihalopoulos
    Aaron Del Mar — the Cook County Republican Party chairman who’s up for re-election — is the latest local GOP leader to get tangled up in a particularly nasty divorce. Del Mar, 35, fired off a series of threatening text messages to his ex-wife last year, according to court documents obtained by Early & Often.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Gives Broad Reading to Federal Firearm Prohibition for "Domestic Violence"

    03/31/2014 2:54:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 65 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | March 28, 2014 | NA
    Since 1996, the so-called "Lautenberg Amendment" (named for its sponsor, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)), has banned the acquisition or possession of firearms by anyone convicted of a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence." Applicable crimes are limited to those that have "as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon" and that are committed by persons with a specified relationship to the victim, such as a current or former spouse or a parent. The prohibition applies no matter when the offense occurred and can include convictions that predated the 1996 law....
  • How to Consciously Uncouple: Advice for a drama-free divorce from Gwyneth Paltrow’s guru

    03/27/2014 6:40:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/27/2014 | Katherine Connell
    Celebrity power couple Gwyenth Paltrow and Chris Martin are not merely divorcing; they are consciously uncoupling.In a Tuesday night post announcing the end of their ten-year marriage, under the headline “Conscious Uncoupling” on Paltrow’s lifestyle blog Goop, the couple wrote that “it is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate.” After “working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us,” they “have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate.” They will...
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin announce separation after 11 years of marriage

    03/25/2014 4:48:12 PM PDT · by workerbee · 82 replies
    Fox ^ | 3/25/14
    **SNIP**"We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children, and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time," the message also said. "We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."
  • Father, Forgive Them! {A Look at the Hurt of Divorce and Forgiveness]

    03/22/2014 3:41:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    WAU.org ^ | 03-14 | WAU
    Father, Forgive Them! Jesus shows us the way to forgive. When Peter asked Jesus how many times he had to forgive someone who sinned against him, Jesus told him, “seventy-seven times,” a Semitic way of saying something like “every time, every day, for the rest of your life” (Matthew 18:21). But sometimes the pain of what has happened to us is so deep that we wonder if we will ever be able to forgive.That’s where Linda was—bitter, broken, and unable to forgive her former husband. And she’s not alone. Think of the mother whose young daughter was sexually abused...
  • German church leader signals opening for divorcees

    The new leader of Germany's Roman Catholic bishops is signaling support for allowing some divorced but remarried Catholics to receive Communion after a "penitential period." Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who also sits on a panel that helps advise Pope Francis on Vatican reform, was elected Wednesday to head the German Bishops' Conference. Church teaching holds that unless their first marriage is annulled, remarried Catholics can't receive Communion or other sacraments. The church is now discussing anew how to handle such cases. In an interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper released Saturday, Marx cited a prominent theologian's proposal that "divorced people...
  • Why the gathering storm over divorce might be worse than was that over contraception

    03/14/2014 8:08:26 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 64 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | March 13, 2014 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    Interesting parallels are being suggested between, on the one hand, Paul VI’s dithering over contraception in the 1960s (which, though reversed by his reassertion of Church teaching in Humanae vitae, contributed to widespread repudiation of that teaching by Catholics), and Francis’ recent mixed signals (or what are widely perceived as mixed signals) over the future of Church teaching against divorce-and-remarriage and the reception of holy Communion. Notwithstanding some important differences between the two men and situations, I write to suggest that the stakes for all might actually be higher this time around. Consider two points: First, Church teaching against contraception...
  • On the rise in teen suicide since the 1950's

    "Third, we find that, to the extent that we can explain the rise in youth suicide over time, the most important aggregate variable explaining this change seems to be the increased share of youths living in homes with a divorced parent." Before liberals were for marriage and family, they were strongly against them. They have been undermining God's plan for human family relationship no doubt all along in one way or another, but since the 1950's they've especially made progress. The article linked to from the National Bureau of Economic Research discusses the little talked about link between divorce and...
  • Pope Francis Declares Divorcees Deserve Compassion, Too

    03/10/2014 8:37:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03/09/2014 | Kirsten Powers
    Divorced Christians will be encouraged by Pope Francis's reminder that the church should be a place of healing after a failed marriage. Pope Francis is giving hope to another group historically marginalized by the church. During a recent morning Mass, he made news when he said the divorced should be "accompanied," not "condemned.” This message will be balm to many divorced Christians—Catholic or not—who have had fellow believers heap shame and judgment on top of the pain that accompanies the loss of a marriage. It’s also a reminder that while the church has caused plenty of pain, it is meant...
  • Satan is right now shaking the Church to her very foundations over this divorce issue

    03/08/2014 8:49:47 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 28 replies
    Inside the Vatican Magazine, Letter to the Editor ^ | February 2014 | Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.
    Dear Dr. Moynihan,       In your latest Letter from Rome, commenting on the new appointments to the College of Cardinals, you report rather nonchalantly that "[Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig] Müller is also known for having said that the Church's position on admitting to divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacrament of Communion is not something that can or will be changed. But other German Church leaders, including Cardinal Walter Kasper, have recently gone on record saying the teaching may and will be changed."      Your brief, matter-of-fact report on this controversy reminds me of the tip of an iceberg. It...
  • "What God hath joined together... and The Cultural Revolution of Cardinal Kasper"

    03/02/2014 8:59:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate caeli ^ | March 1, 2014 | Prof. Roberto de Mattei
    “Doctrine does not change, the novelty regards only pastoral praxis.” This is the slogan that has been repeated for a year now. On the one hand it pacifies those conservatives who measure everything in terms of doctrinal statements, and on the other hand it encourages those progressives who attribute little value to doctrine and confide everything in the primacy of praxis. A shocking example of a cultural revolution proposed in the name of praxis has been offered to us by the report dedicated to “The Gospel and the Family,”which Cardinal Walter Kasper opened the work of the extraordinary consistory for...
  • Dramatic times for Catholic Dogma on Marriage

    03/01/2014 7:58:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Rorate caeli ^ | 3/01/2014 | New Catholic
    Several times since the Council, the enemies of truth and dogma have tried to force the issue of communion for "remarried" divorcees, a magnificent coup for, in the name of a false notion of "mercy", destroying the theology of two of the most fundamental Sacraments, Matrimony and Penance, and cheapen the highest Sacrament, the Most Holy Eucharist. They do not care that the matter has been firmly established throughout the History of the Church. They do not care that the Pope they now praise as "Santo, Santo" explained thoroughly why it could not happen, following a Synod, in Familiaris Consortio:
  • Pope Francis: accompany, don't condemn, those who have experience failure in marriage

    02/28/2014 11:23:36 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 56 replies
    http://en.radiovaticana.va ^ | February 28, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican this morning. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the beauty of marriage and warned that the Church must accompany – not condemn – those who experience failure in married life. He explained that Christ is the Bridegroom of the Church, and therefore you cannot understand one without the Other. The Holy Father also warned against giving in to the temptation to entertain “special pleading” in questions regarding marriage. The Pharisees, he noted, present Jesus with...
  • Cardinal outlines possible paths to Communion for divorced, remarried

    02/28/2014 3:50:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | February 28, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world's cardinals. Jesus' teaching on the indissolubility of sacramental marriage is clear, the retired German cardinal said, and it would harm individuals and the church to pretend otherwise. However, "after the shipwreck of sin, the shipwrecked person should not have a second boat at his or her...