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  • Social media a marriage killer in China: Experts

    07/26/2015 10:53:37 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Sunday, July 26, 2015 | IANS
    Beijing: While social media was designed to bring people together, it can sometimes drive them apart — more Chinese people are switching their status from married to single and social media could be responsible, say experts. A report by the ministry of civil affairs in June found that 3.637 million couples divorced in 2014, up by 3.9 per cent from the previous year, Xinhua reported. Statistics from the ministry show the country has been witnessing a continuous rise in divorces since 2002. Su, a white collar worker from Shanghai, was stunned and furious after discovering her husband's secret romances online....
  • Divorce: Rumors Of Unfaithfulness In Miranda Lambert And Blake Shelton Marriage

    07/21/2015 11:46:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/21/2015 | KAITLAN COLLINS
    After four years of marriage, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced they were getting a divorce Monday, and it looks like infidelity could be to blame. Shelton filed for divorce two weeks ago after months of suspecting that Lambert was cheating on him, a new report from TMZ claims. Country singer Chris Young opened for Lambert during her “On Fire” tour in 2012, and after the two were spotted together multiple recent times, Shelton thought rumors of her cheating were “believable enough to make him suspicious of her.” He also thought she was sneaking around with another man who’s not...
  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have split!

    07/01/2015 6:23:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    MSN Entertainment ^ | 07/01/2015 | By Mark Gray
    After 10 years of marriage -- they celebrated their anniversary on June 29 -- the power couple confirmed their split following months of media speculation. "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," the couple said in a joint statement. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding." Ben and Jen have three children: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and...
  • How a massive, silent cultural revolution has changed America

    06/06/2015 2:21:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 6, 2015 | Kyle Smith
    It happened without a Summer of Love, without Timothy Leary, without a groovy anthem or a shaggy new national look. In the past decade or so, there’s been a silent revolution in American culture, one at least as profound as the ’60s upheavals. We’ve hardly taken notice of it, because it happened in people’s minds instead of in the streets, happened in ordinary people instead of in the elites and the punditocracy. Compared to just a few years ago, we have a completely different set of ideas about what constitutes acceptable behavior. As Caitlyn Jenner puts it in her new...
  • Cardinal Kasper Says Francis Did Not Approve his Communion Proposal

    06/04/2015 6:32:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/4/15 | Staff Reporter
    The German cardinal appears to backtrack on earlier comments in interview with EWTNCardinal Walter Kasper has clarified that Pope Francis did not approve his proposal to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion after a period of penance. The cardinal made the remarks in an interview with EWTN during a visit to the United States. He said the Pope wanted him to “put the question”, and that afterwards he “expressed his satisfaction with my talk”. But he added: “I wouldn’t say he approved the proposal, no, no, no.” The remarks appear to represent a backtracking from earlier comments....
  • Attorney Drives Initiative to End Alimony in California

    05/25/2015 4:54:13 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    Patch.com ^ | 8MAY2015 | Paige Austin
    An Orange County software consultant said today his divorce prompted him to write an initiative that would end alimony. “I was able to experience first-hand the many pitfalls associated with the process,” said Steve Clark, executive director of the Huntington Beach- based CalAlimonyReform.org. “The amount of time and money coupled with the emotional stress was more than I could have ever anticipated.” Backers of the initiative received permission this week from Secretary of State Alex Padilla to begin gathering signatures. The group has until Nov. 2 to obtain valid signatures from 365,880 registered voters -- 5 percent of the total...
  • Bobby Flay 'claims boob job is at fault for estranged wife Stephanie March's health problems' ...

    05/23/2015 1:12:52 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 23, 2015 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Full title: Bobby Flay 'claims boob job is at fault for estranged wife Stephanie March's health problems' in bitter divorce The divorce battle between Stephanie March and Bobby Flay looks continues to cook up trouble. [sic] Now the celebrity chef is claiming his estranged wife's ill health is the result of a breast augmentation surgery and not the stress of their failed marriage, according to TMZ. Stephanie, 40, has suffered from a burst appendix and three infections, which she has allegedly claimed in court has prevented her from working as an actress ... According to TMZ Stephanie, due her ill...
  • No-Fault Divorce Deconstructed

    05/18/2015 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 16, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    In a recent lecture at the Family Research Council (FRC), Ryan McPherson, an associate professor of history at Bethany Lutheran College, claimed that no-fault divorces played a pivotal role in the culture wars. Even though the “dissolution revolution never quite finishes,” somehow the term “no-fault divorce” has “acquired colloquial acceptance,” McPherson pointed out in remarks at the FRC. “By 1980, thirty-seven of the fifty states had significantly altered their divorce laws toward the no-fault standard of California and the UMDA [Uniform Marriage Dissolution Act],” McPherson wrote in an essay which appeared in The Family in America: A Journal of Public...
  • No-Fault Divorce: America’s Divorce Mill [Communist Origin of No-Fault Divorce]

    05/08/2015 6:49:06 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 47 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 5/18/2009 | JUDY PAREJKO
    What is no-fault divorce? When you ask most people, they will say it’s a mutual-consent process, or that it preserves privacy, or that it eliminates blame for the failure of the marriage. Not many people will answer that it’s a lawsuit in which one party is suing the other party. And even fewer will know that it came from the Soviet Union. Like previous divorce actions, no-fault divorce is still a lawsuit, which means that one party is invoking the state’s police powers against the other party. The main difference now is that the person filing for divorce no longer...
  • Catholics will no longer be fired from their jobs for divorce or homosexuality

    05/07/2015 11:44:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    Pulse.NG ^ | Oge Okonkwo
    As part of the reforms prompted by Pope Francis, Germany's Roman Catholic Church has decided that lay Catholic employees who divorce and remarry or form gay civil unions should no longer automatically lose their jobs. According to Christian Today, Catholic Bishops have voted to adjust Church labour law "to the multiple changes in legal practice, legislation and society" so employee lifestyles should not affect their status in the country's many Catholic schools, hospitals and social services. It was gathered that the change came as the worldwide Catholic Church debates loosening its traditional rejection of remarriage after a divorce and of...
  • Why men won't marry you

    05/06/2015 8:24:21 PM PDT · by fkabuckeyesrule · 379 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 1, 2015 | Suzanne Venker
    That’s a question Peter Lloyd tackles in a series in London’s Daily Mail about Britain’s marriage rate, which is at its lowest level since 1895. “The state of matrimony is not just ailing. It is dying out faster than a mobile phone battery,” Lloyd writes. “For an army of women, Mr. Right is simply not there, no matter how hard they look for him.”
  • Why men won't get married anymore: Women complain chaps today won't settle down.

    05/07/2015 5:36:44 AM PDT · by BJ1 · 164 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/19/2015 | Peter Lloyd
    For an army of women, Mr Right is simply not there, no matter how hard they look for him. And the reason? When it comes to marriage, men are on strike. Why? Because the rewards are far less than they used to be, while the cost and dangers it presents are far greater. ‘Ultimately, men know there’s a good chance they’ll lose their friends, their respect, their space, their sex life, their money and — if it all goes wrong — their family,’ says Dr Helen Smith, author of Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood And The American Dream. ‘They...
  • Rosie O'Donnell tries to ban reporters at divorce court in Manhattan

    05/06/2015 6:04:04 AM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Barbara Ross
    This divorce trial is getting feistier than an episode of “The View.” Daytime diva Rosie O’Donnell suffered a meltdown on Tuesday during her first appearance in divorce court, demanding reporters be shooed out of the public courtroom hours after her estranged wife ditched the session entirely. “Press? There’s press here?” fumed O’Donnell, 53, who looked trim in a deep aqua linen tunic over black slacks. “Could you ask them to leave?”
  • Parenting Rights under attack in Louisiana

    05/02/2015 6:57:07 PM PDT · by Pikachu_Dad · 43 replies
    Louisiana Senate ^ | May 2 2014 | Self
    Should Parental authority be terminated (for both parents) when they divorce? In a forty page bill, sponsored by the Louisiana State Law Institute - effort led by retired family law professor Spaht. The law is difficult to read to see what has changed because she is erasing all of the existing law and rewriting and reorganizing it. So all the text is marked as new, even the parts that are existing. This is long standing law that has not been revised in decades. Of all rhe bad parts of the bill, the one change I am highlighting is this. Under...
  • Fools or Liars? (The Sexual Revolution)

    04/30/2015 1:36:52 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 30 2015 | Anthony Esolen
    The latest apologists for the Sexual Revolution – that great swamp of sewage backup, human misery, family breakdown, squalid entertainment, and lawyers – have been saying that the most radical anthropological breach ever known to man, the detachment of marriage from childbirth and the plain facts of nature, will have no effect (none at all, not to worry) on marriage and childbirth and family and community life. To which I reply, “Haven’t you said that before?” About what exactly have the sexual revolutionaries been right? Which of their non-predictions has been confirmed? They told us that liberalization of the divorce...
  • Choice and Consequences

    02/24/2015 5:49:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-23-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Choice and Consequences By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe themes of early Lent are pretty basic. The ashes of Ash Wednesday announce the simple truth that we are going to die and  thereafter face judgment. Hence, we need to repent and come to believe the good news that only Jesus can save us.Another early reading from Thursday after Ash Wednesday featured Moses laying out the basic reality that all of us have a choice to make. He says to us,Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom …I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:I have set before you life...
  • The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage

    03/31/2015 10:09:56 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 5 replies
    Torah and Halacha | 03/31/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage By Yomin Postelnik The sum total of all of the recent discussions about gittin from a halachic and moral standpoint is that while everyone should strive to alleviate suffering and seek to resolve marriage disputes so that both can move on peacefully, we must first do everything possible to save the marriage. Gittin are a hard process halachically, largely in order to minimize their number.  Civil jurisdictions that have a one year waiting period before divorce (a concept that originates with MFaimonides), such as Canada, have seen 60% of petitions withdrawn....
  • "I bedded 12 strangers in a year — with my husband’s permission"

    03/22/2015 3:11:07 PM PDT · by jonatron · 86 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 16, 2015 | Jane Ridley
    <p>Bored after 18 years with her husband, Robin Rinaldi placed an ad seeking casual encounters with new men and women. She tells what happened on her yearlong sex odyssey in her memoir "The Wild Oats Project."</p> <p>I broke the news to Scott that I wanted an open marriage in early 2008, a few months after his vasectomy. “I won’t go to my grave with no children and four lovers,” I told him repeatedly. “I refuse.”</p>
  • Muslim call girl weds and beds UK men before DIVORCING them after sin-free sex sessions

    03/22/2015 2:21:03 PM PDT · by wtd · 43 replies
    DailyStar ^ | March 22, 2015 | Tom Rawle
    Muslim call girl weds and beds UK men before DIVORCING them after sin-free sex sessionsA MUSLIM call girl is marrying British men for an hour at a time to have sin-free sex sessions and rake in Ł350 a romp, it has been reported. The Arab escort, known as Fairuza, is offering the service to promiscuous punters in order swerve strict Shia Islamic principles. The 25-year-old reportedly performs the quickie service by reading a religious text in arabic and takes the money as a "dowry". Then once the deed is done, she divorced the two of them from their temporary...
  • African bishop on polygamy, homosexuality & divorce (oh my).

    03/05/2015 10:29:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Commonweal Magazine's dotCommonweal Blog ^ | March 4, 2015 | Grant Gallicho
    In a wide-ranging, at points jaw-dropping interview with Aleteia, Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana, signaled his openness to finding a way for remarried Catholics to be readmitted to Communion--and suggested the church might reinterpret Scripture to allow the "unbinding" of marriages. Palmer-Buckle, who is sixty-four years old, was selected by his brother bishops to represent Ghana at this October's Synod on the Family. Early in the interview, the archbishop makes it clear that he takes seriously Pope Francis's call for open discussion of the challenges facing Catholic families today. "There are people in polygamous relationships, who were involved in...
  • A judge telling a divorcee to get a job is a triumph for women’s rights

    02/24/2015 8:07:28 AM PST · by redreno · 29 replies
    http://www.theguardian.com ^ | 02/24/2015 | Viv Groskop
    The wording of the judgment is brutal. An appeal court judge has effectively told the ex-wife of a wealthy veterinary surgeon to “get a job, love” (my abbreviation). It is imperative, said the judge, “that the wife go out to work and support herself”. Tracey Wright, a 51-year-old former legal secretary, riding instructor and mother of two, has lost her appeal against a family court ruling to reduce the maintenance she receives in future from her former husband. The case is seen as a landmark ruling for ex-partners of wealthy spouses. The gravy train has come off the rails.
  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Battling the New Gnosticism (Catholic Caucus)

    02/11/2015 2:27:54 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | February 11, 2015 | BISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER
    (Bishop Schneider. Image Courtesy of Diane Korzeniewski) Editor’s Note: Following his strongly-worded interview with Polonia Christiana in the wake of the first part of the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and Family, we reached out to Bishop Athanasius Schneider to seek his guidance on concrete actions Catholics can take during this time of turmoil within the Church. We specifically requested his advice on what the faithful could do to resist heterodoxy and address the errors (or at least obfuscations) that seem to be issuing forth from some of the highest prelates in the Church. Though his counsel is brief, it is deeply...
  • Cockatoo reenacts previous owners' arguments

    02/10/2015 12:11:45 PM PST · by Brother Cracker · 33 replies
    Odd_News ^ | Feb. 10, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    RALEIGH, N.C.- A North Carolina woman who bought a cockatoo from a divorcing couple said the bird keeps reenacting its former owners' arguments. Elaine Sigmon said she and her husband, Don, recently obtained Peaches the Moluccan cockatoo from a couple who separated and the former owners apparently weren't shy about having arguments in front of the bird. Sigmon said Peaches reenacts her former owners' squabbles "once or twice a day."
  • Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness...A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time

    01/22/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness, and Kindness to Mere Affirmation – A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, there was a critique of a flawed moral perspective that sets up a false dichotomy between mercy  and moral teaching, and between love and the law. As noted yesterday, well-ordered love and mercy must be rooted in truth. The greatest mercy is to keep people out of Hell and to save them from all the suffering that comes from sin.Jesus exhibits this in His person, for He who is love insists on moral...
  • A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate”

    01/21/2015 6:40:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate” By: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is sadly evident that the Church is currently divided into two camps over the question of divorce and remarriage, this in the aftermath (confusion) of the recent synod in Rome and in the rampup to the synod this coming October. Please pray a lot!If you read the blog here often, you know that I am strongly opposed to any notions that would seek to set aside what I regard as the ipsissima verba Jesu (the very words of Jesus) in this matter, words that are,...
  • Is Everything We’ve Been Told About Marriage and Divorce Completely Wrong?

    02/08/2015 10:32:09 AM PST · by tbw2 · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 05/06/2014 | Billy Hallowell
    The divorce rate isn't 50% - and the divorce rate has been falling for two decades.
  • Why Women Are Rejecting “Perfect” Men

    02/07/2015 8:01:13 PM PST · by ransomnote · 146 replies
    ironshrink.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Shawn T Smith, Psy D
    A few weeks ago, psychologist Randi Gunther discussed the fact that women still initiate the majority of divorces, even after men dutifully followed women into the new millennium. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. We men learned how to change diapers and cook risotto. We learned to watch for barely perceptible nods of approval before opening doors for women. We even learned to manscape, for goodness sake. Women were supposed to be happy with the new variety of men. Yet they are divorcing us just like they divorced our insensitive forefathers. Professor Gad Saad reported that American woman initiate...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'I Wanted A Wife So Did She'. Ex-Husband Of Megyn Kelly

    02/03/2015 5:28:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    Daily Mail(UK) ^ | February 03, 2015
    EXCLUSIVE: 'I Wanted A Wife... So Did She'. Ex-Husband Of Megyn Kelly speaks out about his marriage to the FOX News star and reveals he didn't CHEAT on her - and it 'bugged' him that she hinted he did on air Dr. Dan Kendall and FOX anchor Megyn Kelly were together for eight years, married for almost five He speaks for the first time about his marriage to star of Fox News network. Kelly has twice publicly alluded to the man who cheated on her - saying it's not her current husband Doug Brunt. Dr. Kendall says they had a...
  • Confraternity of Catholic Clergy Statement: "No...one can change Catholic teaching on Marriage."

    01/29/2015 11:45:32 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 19 Jan 2015 | Confraternity of Catholic Clergy
    Marriage was instituted by God, not invented by man (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.1603). The Creator has built it into human nature, even into the human body, in its two complementary forms, male and female. ‘Male and female He created them’ (Gen.1: 27): man for woman, and woman for man, united in marriage as ‘one flesh’ for the procreation of new life: ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1: 28). God has given marriage its essential characteristics and proper laws: unity (one man married to one woman); indissolubility (nothing but death can end a marriage); and openness to procreation...
  • Alan Grayson's divorce trial delayed by leaking breast implants

    01/21/2015 11:36:28 AM PST · by billorites · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 21, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    A trial surrounding Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife’s alleged bigamy has been delayed due to an unlikely medical reason. Lolita Grayson filed court papers this week saying she had been suffering from chest pains. When she went to a hospital to find out the cause, she was told she needed emergency surgery to remove her leaking breast implants and scar tissue, according to the Associated Press. The surgery was Monday; the trial had been scheduled for Thursday in Orlando and has now been rescheduled for March. "Due to this medical emergency, wife is unable to prepare for or attend the trial,"...
  • Facebook now crops up in a third of divorce cases over cheating and old flames

    01/20/2015 2:24:57 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    Mirror ^ | 1/20/2015 | Samantha Yule
    Facebook unwittingly provides evidence of infidelity and new relationships, helps track people’s movements and records expenditure on everything from cars to holidays. Facebook is now cited in a third of all divorce cases, research has shown. A survey of legal firms’ caseloads revealed the social network is increasingly relied upon as proof of inappropriate behaviour. Facebook unwittingly provides evidence of infidelity and new relationships, helps track people’s movements and records expenditure on everything from cars to holidays. Leeds law firm Lake Legal said many cases revolved around social media users who got back in touch with old flames they hadn’t...
  • Hearing next week to decide bigamy allegation in (Floriduh RAT) Grayson divorce case

    01/17/2015 5:40:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/15/15 | Jeff Weiner
    U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson will be in court next week for a half-day trial to determine whether his 24-year marriage was valid in the first place, or if his wife was still legally married to another man when they wed. **SNIP** Lolita Grayson filed paperwork accusing her husband of failing to pay her credit cards, refusing to provide financial support for their children. She also said, in an interview with WFTV-Channel 9 , that she had been forced to apply for a food-stamp card.
  • My Imported Bride

    01/05/2015 3:11:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    Orange Coast Magazine ^ | April 11, 2012 | David Haldane
    I’m an older O.C. divorcé with a young Filipino wife I met on the Internet, and I know what you’re thinking. Can’t say I blame you. But you’re wrong.I’m pouring drinks for my guests when the police arrive. It’s 3 p.m. on a Saturday and we’re hosting a friend’s baby shower in our open garage. The two officers survey the scene carefully before striding toward me with bad news. “We got a complaint from your neighbor,” one of the officers says with a nod. After they sort it out and determine we’re not committing any crimes or posing a public...
  • Comedian Chris Rock files for divorce from his wife Malaak Compton after nearly 20 years marriage

    12/29/2014 5:25:16 AM PST · by dennisw · 27 replies
    mailOnline ^ | 28 December 2014 | Heidi Parker
    They have decided to end their marriage after nearly 20 years. On Sunday Chris Rock's wife Malaak Compton announced she was leaving the 49-year-old comedian. 'After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,' she said in a statement. The founder of the nonprofit styleWorks added, 'Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life's blessings, even when faced with difficulties. 'While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and...
  • New York man says his wife, an NYPD psychologist, tried to kill him to avoid messy divorce

    12/29/2014 4:04:47 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 36 replies
    WJLA ABC7 ^ | December 28, 2014 - 09:09 pm | Associated Press (AP)
    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - A real estate developer who was shot in the head as he slept at home says his cheating wife did it in an attempt to kill him and avoid a messy divorce. Continue reading Kenneth Dearden provided an unusually detailed look at the case from his point of view by filing a lawsuit against his wife, a New York Police Department psychologist, a year after the shooting and two weeks before she was arrested. He said he was sleeping in their upscale suburban home on Nov. 14, 2013, and woke up with a searing pain in...
  • Time to Challenge No-Fault Divorce

    12/17/2014 1:07:54 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 32 replies
    First Things ^ | December 8, 2014 12:00 GMT | Thomas F. Farr and Hilary Towers
    High in the catalogue of social pathologies afflicting marriage and the family in America stands our system of family law, the central purpose of which is to enforce no-fault divorce. In a letter to the Holy Father and the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family, almost fifty international scholars and religious leaders joined us in urging the Church to consider the effects of no-fault divorce, along with other barriers to faithful, lifelong marriage. State laws on divorce began to be implemented in the late 1960s, but today have been absorbed into the legal and cultural mainstream nationwide. The logic of...
  • Scottish Monk Arrested for Distributing Leaflets Promoting Sexual Morality

    12/13/2014 1:49:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/12/14 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A Scottish monk has been arrested for distributing a series of leaflets in the Cambridgeshire area critical of homosexuality, fornication, contraception, euthanasia, abortion, and divorce. Brother Damon Jonah Kelly, head of the Glasgow based charity the Black Hermits, was arrested by Cambridgeshire Police on December 8 on suspicion of a Section 5 (religious/racial) public order offence after he wrote a letter to the homosexual news publication, Pink News, claiming responsibility for the distribution of leaflets in the city of Ely, as well as in Cambridge, King’s Lynn and several other Cambridgeshire towns and cities. Initially police declined to take any...
  • Vatican: Bishops Should Move Forward on Family

    12/09/2014 1:53:11 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Among other things, the questionnaire asked how the church can care for families with gay children and discern "positive and negative elements" in heterosexual civil unions. It also asked how the church can better provide sacraments for Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the church. Church teaching holds that without an annulment, or a church decree that the first marriage was null, such Catholics are living in sin and are thus ineligible to receive communion. Francis has sought to end what he calls "de facto excommunication" for these Catholics, and the issue was a source of heated debate during the...
  • Ratzinger's retraction: the fruit of 42 years of theological maturation

    12/06/2014 12:27:31 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | December 5, 2014
    Pope Benedict XVI. Photo Credit: Mazur. Vatican City, Dec 4, 2014 / 03:16 pm (CNA).- News broke weeks ago that a new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works was being released in German with an updated version of a 1972 essay, which no longer suggests that the divorced and remarried can receive Communion, as it once did. But thanks to Sandro Magister and his translator Matthew Sherry, the full text of his “Retractatio” is now available in English. As CNA reported Nov. 25, Joseph Ratzinger published an essay in 1972, while a priest of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising,...
  • The Divorce Surge Is Over, but the Myth Lives On

    12/02/2014 3:49:55 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 2, 2014 | Claire Cain Miller
    But here is the thing: It is no longer true that the divorce rate is rising, or that half of all marriages end in divorce. It has not been for some time. Even though social scientists have tried to debunk those myths, somehow the conventional wisdom has held. Despite hand-wringing about the institution of marriage, marriages in this country are stronger today than they have been in a long time. The divorce rate peaked in the 1970s and early 1980s and has been declining for the three decades since. Photo About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s...
  • Marriages Have The Best Chance Of Surviving With This Age Difference

    11/29/2014 5:46:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/2014 | MEGAN GARBER, THE ATLANTIC
    There are many predictors of the success of a marriage, among them the having of money, the having of children, and the length of time a couple spends dating before they tie the knot. Another big predictor, though, is age: The closer a couple is when it comes to their respective birth years, the greater their chances of avoiding divorce. That's according to a study that compiled polling data from more than 3,000 recently married and divorced Americans. The study—the overall findings of which my colleague Olga Khazan highlighted last month—used a multivariate model to calculate the factors that seemed...
  • The weirdest-ever reason for same-sex marriage: “so I can get a divorce”

    11/26/2014 5:41:14 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 26 NOVEMBER 2014 | MICHAEL COOK
    Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham A Mississippi woman wants the state Supreme Court to recognise gay marriage – so that she can divorce a partner she married in San Francisco. Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham, a 52-year-old credit analyst, who already had two children from a failed heterosexual marriage, moved to California in 2008 so that she could marry Dana Ann Melancon. But the relationship soured and they separated in 2010. When Ms Czekala-Chatham, who now has a new girlfriend, applied for a divorce, citing adultery and habitual cruel and inhuman treatment, she failed. The state predictably argued that Mississippi could not grant...
  • Mississippi Supreme Court Sets Date to Hear Its First Same-Sex Divorce Case

    11/24/2014 7:46:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/24/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    The state Supreme Court in Mississippi, where same-sex marriage is not recognized, will hear arguments Jan. 21, 2015, from a woman who has asked the state to recognize her gay marriage so that she can be granted a divorce. Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon, who married in California in 2008, cannot be granted a divorce in Mississippi due to the state's constitution and statutes, DeSoto County Chancery Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr. ruled last year. "All same sex Mississippi couples lack a right to have their marriage recognized by the state regardless of whether newly arrived here, having lived here...
  • Jilted husband publishes book of 101 ingenious ways to use his ex-wife's marriage gown

    11/20/2014 8:48:34 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 39 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8:40 EST, 20 November 2014 | Annabel Grossman
    Jilted husband Kevin Cotter has turned the heartbreak of his divorce into a nice little profit by publishing a book full of ingenious ways to use his ex-wife's wedding dress. Kevin, 41, was crushed when his wife of 12 years walked out in 2009, taking all her possessions except the white silk gown. When he asked her to take the dress back, she refused and told Kevin to 'do what the f*** he liked with it'. So he did - and for the last four years he has come up with a series brilliant ideas and filled a book with...
  • If You’re Not Rich, Divorce Can Be Financially Devastating

    11/15/2014 10:24:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/15/2014 | TERESA TRITCH
    There is a long list of women* who have amassed personal fortunes by divorcing rich husbands — and as far as I can tell, they deserved every penny. This week Sue Ann Hamm joined it when a court ordered her ex-husband, Harold Hamm, the Oklahoma oil man, to pay her some $1 billion in cash and assets, or about $38 million per year of a 26-year marriage. Ms. Hamm plans to appeal on the grounds that the award grossly undervalues her share of the wealth accumulated during the marriage, Reuters reported on Thursday. If Ms. Hamm gets anywhere near half...
  • My Plea “I’m a Divorced and Remarried Mother. Please, Don’t Change Church Practice.”

    11/04/2014 10:45:38 AM PST · by sitetest · 144 replies
    First Things ^ | November 3, 2014 | Luma Simms
    The day my soul became Catholic was the day I found out that as a divorced and remarried woman I could not receive Communion. Tears of sorrow and joy flowed. Sorrow because I had by then grasped the truth of transubstantiation, only to find I couldn’t consume, and joy because at last we found the ground of real authority—his Church, the one he founded, the one tasked to keep all he taught her Apostles. I came to Catholicism from Calvinism. That’s a tough row to hoe if there ever was one. It was that prescient and beautiful encyclical Humanae Vitae...
  • Begin to Describe Man’s Joy As He Dances His Way Through Paying Final Alimony Check

    11/01/2014 6:37:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | october 31, 2014 | reid mene
    After ecstatically going to the bank to pay off his alimony check for the last time, this man could not put into words how excited he was.
  • Pope Francis to Schoenstatt movement: Marriage never been attacked so much as now

    10/25/2014 4:22:33 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://en.radiovaticana.va ^ | October 25, 2014 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said the institution of Christian marriage has never been attacked so much as nowadays where a temporary or throw-away culture has become widespread. He said marriage should not be seen just a social rite and urged priests to stay close to couples and especially children experiencing the trauma of a family break-up. The Pope was replying to questions put to him on a range of topics during an audience with more than 7000 pilgrims belonging to the Schoenstatt movement, an international Marian and apostolic organization that is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding in Germany....
  • Kasper’s Apparently Intentional Ambiguities

    10/25/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    David Mills/Patheos ^ | October 2, 2014 | David Mills
    In his writings and talk on marriage, Cardinal Walter Kasper remains ambiguous but, or rather therefore, untrustworthy. He writes like a man trying to pull a fast one. Steven J. Kovacs notes in a New Oxford Review review of Kasper’s book The Gospel of the Family (the emphasis is mine): Cardinal Kasper correctly notes that someone in such a situation requires the sacrament of penance before receiving Holy Communion. Our Lord Himself said, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mk. 10:11-12). The Church...
  • The Price of Papal Popularity

    10/20/2014 9:22:19 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 18 replies
    Creators.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    While Francis I has nether denied not sought to change any doctrine, Cardinal Burke is correct. The pope has “done a lot of harm.” He has created confusion among the faithful and is soon going to have to speak with clarity on the unchanging truths of Catholicism. In his beatification of Paul VI on Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated change. “God is not afraid of new things,” he said, “we are making every effort to adapt ways and methods … to the changing conditions of society.” But among the social changes since Vatican II and Paul VI have been the West’s...