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  • 'It's like a death': Divorced people are at higher risk of psychiatric illness in Ireland

    07/22/2016 10:43:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 22/07/2016 6:10 AM | Darragh Peter Murphy
    Divorced people are much more likely to be admitted to hospital for psychiatric illness than their single, married or widowed counterparts, according to new figures from the Health Research Board. The Activities of Irish Psychiatric Units and Hospitals 2015 report shows that 17,860 people were admitted to hospital for psychiatric care last year, a small increase from 17,797 in 2014. Overall, the numbers of new cases continues to rise, both year-on-year and over a 10-year period. […] … (A)lthough divorced people accounted for only 4% of all admissions, they had the highest rate of all admissions — at 759.9 per...
  • Stale Material: Funnyman Cleese Still Bashing Bush

    04/20/2009 1:10:57 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 58 replies · 1,353+ views
    Federal Review ^ | Monday, April 20, 2009
    ITHACA, NY--Nearly six months after the Presidential election, former Monty Python star John Cleese needs some new material.According to the Cornell Daily Sun, Cleese, in an appearance on campus, turned serious and launched into an attack on former President George W. Bush: Americans... are “much too respectful to the president,” said Cleese, who went on to say that George W. Bush would not be able to survive a single press conference in England. “It’s pathetic!” he exclaimed. “This is the most important country in the world ... It’s embarrassing because we want America to be great. There is emotion when...
  • An Anti-Catholic Pope? [Catholic Caucus]

    07/03/2016 9:54:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 30, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    By now we have been accustomed to the shocking results of Francis’ insistence on blathering to reporters during flights to or from the destinations of the useless papal trips that have become a primary activity of the post-Vatican II papacy. In the midst of all the blathering, however, there are also inadvertently revealing remarks that indicate the scope of the crisis-within-a-crisis that is the Bergoglian pontificate. The most recent example is the inflight press conference on the return to Rome from the papal trip to Armenia. A most revealing remark came in the context of a reporter’s question about key...
  • I’m In!

    06/26/2016 8:21:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/26/16 | Jimmy Reed
    Through adversity I had come to know myself; I completed the journey within. Three strikes, I’m out? No, three strikes — I’m in! It was four a.m. on a moonless, muggy night … just the way I wanted it. With 240 pounds of bulging blubber and mushy muscles sagging on a five-foot, eleven-inch frame, I wanted no one to see me trying to jog. At the high school track’s starting line, I punched my stopwatch and groaned into a trot, trying to banish thoughts of rapidly overpowering fatigue by reflecting on the three simultaneous events that led to my being...
  • France wants quick British divorce from EU, Germany cautious

    06/25/2016 10:07:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    France's foreign minister called on Saturday for the European Union to move ahead quickly to seal the terms of a British exit, arguing that the other 27 members needed to give the bloc new purpose or risk populism taking hold. "Negotiations have to go quickly in the common interest," Jean-Marc Ayrault said on his way to a meeting in Berlin of foreign ministers from the six founding members of the EU - Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Britain voted on Thursday to leave the EU, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest...
  • 'Leave as soon as possible', EU chiefs tell Britain after Brexit vote

    06/24/2016 7:25:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    The Times of India ^ | June 24, 2016 | AFP
    BRUSSELS: EU chiefs on Friday told Britain to start negotiations to quit the bloc "as soon as possible", after outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron said he would leave the negotiations to his successor. "We now expect the United Kingdom government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, however painful that process may be," said a joint statement after Britons voted for a Brexit . "Any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty." The statement was issued by EU president Donald Tusk, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Parliament leader Martin Schulz and Dutch premier Mark...
  • 56 Shot, 13 Killed During Father’s Day Weekend in Chicago

    06/20/2016 12:15:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | June 20, 2016 | AWR HAWKINS
    Another holiday brought another slaughter of innocents in heavily gun-controlled Chicago. Fifty-six people were shot during Father’s Day weekend, and 13 of those shooting victims died. This brings the number shot in Chicago to “about 1,800 people” year-t0-date, the Tribune reports.
  • The Divorce Revolution Has Bred An Army Of Woman Haters (I Left ..)

    06/06/2016 7:29:13 PM PDT · by usconservative · 116 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 5/19/2016 | W. Bradford Wilcox
    For those of you who read This Post on the original thread with the same title I wanted you all to know that I received a number of emails asking how I was. Well, I left. I felt like I had no choice. Nothing was going to change no matter what I did, no matter how hard I tried to salvage my marriage -- it was over. Repentance and humbling myself before the Lord didn't matter. The marriage was over long ago, I'd just refused to accept it or I was blind to that fact.
  • Amber Heard's dire finances revealed: Court documents show she earns $10,000 a month but [tr]

    06/01/2016 6:15:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 1, 2016 | Jennifer Newton
    Amber Heard's dire financial situation has been revealed after court documents showed the actress is losing money at an alarming rate. The 30-year-old filed for divorce from husband Johnny Depp last week requesting he pay her spousal support of $50,000 (Ł34,500) a month plus her legal costs. She cited irreconcilable differences for the split, which has triggered a battle over Depp's huge $400million fortune.
  • Italian Court Allows Man to Pay Ex-Wife’s Alimony With Pizza

    05/28/2016 6:01:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    RT ^ | 28 May, 2016
    In a tasty settlement, an Italian court has ruled in favor of a divorced father to make alimony payments to his ex-partner in the form of €300 ($333) worth of pizza every month. Ex-wife Nicoletta Zuin, who took the case to court was more than unhappy with the final verdict, according to local newspaper Il Gazzettino. The 50-year-old father, Nicola Toso, was accused of failing to make his monthly child support payments, when showing up with pizza instead of payments. His ex-wife eventually had enough of seeing ham and mushroom toppings and took Toso to court in the city of...
  • The Divorce Revolution Has Bred An Army Of Woman Haters

    05/20/2016 7:34:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 359 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 19, 2016 | W. Bradford Wilcox
    Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d earn the ire of a character named Turd Flinging Monkey, the nom de plume of a popular online activist. A leader in the Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW) movement, which encourages men to avoid romantic relationships with women, Monkey did not take kindly to my new Prager University video talking up the benefits of marriage for men. In the video, I noted, among other things, that married men work harder (about 400 more hours), smarter (they’re less likely to quit without having found another job), and more successfully (they make...
  • Saudi groom reportedly files for divorce after bride won't get off her cell phone

    05/17/2016 1:58:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 17, 2016
    A groom in Saudi Arabia filed for divorce minutes after his wedding when his bride refused to put down her cell phone and pay attention to him, local media reported Tuesday. The couple retired to a hotel room following the ceremony, where a relative said the unnamed woman rebuffed the man’s intimate advances. The bride said she wanted to respond to her friends’ texts and other messages congratulating them on their wedding, according to Gulf News. “The groom asked her to delay the messages, but she refused and became angry,” the relative added. “When he asked her if her friends...
  • Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne reportedly calling it quits after more than 33 years

    05/08/2016 7:07:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/08/2016
    Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne are going their separate ways. A source close to the Osbournes tells ET that the 67-year-old rock legend and the 63-year-old "The Talk" co-host are ending their marriage after more than 33 years. The estranged couple, who wed on July 4, 1982, share three children together: Aimee, 32, Kelly, 31, and Jack, 30. Sharon first met Ozzy in the 1970s when his band, Black Sabbath, was rising to fame and later became his manager. In 2013, Sharon emphatically denied divorce rumors during a taping of "The Talk," but confirmed Ozzy's sobriety struggles at the time. "He's...
  • Bai Macfarlane, divorced 2005, on Live Radio Thurs 5 pm Eastern

    04/20/2016 8:26:53 PM PDT · by Bai Macfarlane · 4 replies
    Mary's Advocates ^ | April 20, 2016 | Bai Macfarlane
    Drew Mariani - Relevant Radio, Thursday 5 pm Eastern I'm scheduled for interview live with Drew Mariani at 5 pm Eastern tomorrow, Thursday, April 21. We'll be talking about Mary's Advocates efforts to ask the Church to work to prevent divorce from happening in the first place. The Catechism and the Code of Canon Law are my primary resources. Pope Francis' exhortation on the family, Amortia Leatitia, helps too. If you have a question or can share your own experience (good or bad) about the Church helping to keep a marriage together, give us a call (1-877-766-3777). See list of...
  • Pope insists conscience, not rules, must lead faithful

    04/08/2016 5:58:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2016 8:07 AM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences more than Vatican rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift its emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful. In a major church document entitled “The Joy of Love,” Francis made no explicit change in church doctrine and upheld church teaching on the lifelong bond of marriage between a man and a woman. But in selectively citing his predecessors and emphasizing his own teachings in strategically placed footnotes, Francis made innovative openings in...
  • AUDIO: Alabama Governor Bentley’s romantic conversation with mistress

    03/23/2016 10:04:53 PM PDT · by boycott · 77 replies
    yellowhammernews.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Cliff Sims
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A clip of the audio recordings revealing Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s illicit affair with a staffer has now surfaced online. Yellowhammer was given exclusive access to the content of audio recordings captured by Dianne Bentley, Governor Bentley’s ex-wife, during which Governor Bentley makes sexual advances on and recalls sexual encounters with Rebekah Mason, his former communications director who has since become his most senior external advisor. Mrs. Mason’s husband, Jon, also serves in the Bentley administration as Director of Serve Alabama, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service. ...
  • Pope Francis changes remarriage rules! (For heads of state)

    03/03/2016 2:15:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | March 2, 2016 | David Gibson
    There is intense anticipation in the Catholic Church -- and no small amount of anxiety for traditionalists -- over what Pope Francis will say about Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics in a key document expected in the coming weeks. But Francis has already made an intriguing change in this area, albeit one that only concerns the Vatican's arcane diplomatic protocol and a very, very select group: Catholic heads of state. As longtime Vatican-watcher Andrea Tornielli reports, the pontiff has altered the long-standing Vatican custom that if a Catholic president or prime minister (or dictator) who is divorced and remarried...
  • Study: No Consent Divorces Favor Women

    02/23/2016 7:35:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Chateau Heartiste ^ | February 23, 2016 | CH
    Courtesy of reader BK, a link to an economic analysis of woman-coddling divorce laws.
  • Help! The state is taking my land, without compensation

    01/21/2016 1:19:27 PM PST · by krogers58 · 49 replies
    self | 1/21/16 | self
    I have just recently been summoned to court for an emergency hearing in my divorce case. My wife's attorney has told the court, that I am intending to file bankruptcy, which is not the case, and they are seeking to have me quitclaim the deed to them, based on several threats in negotiations. I am not, and will not file, but they seem to have convinced the judge to make me quitclaim my lawful property, and to not receive any compensation, based on heresay evidence. I need serious legal advice, from some lawyers in NH law. I cannot believe this...
  • A Canonical Bum's Rush on Holy Matrimony

    12/22/2015 7:23:14 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 12/21/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In the rescript Pope Francis has issued "regarding the implementation of the recent reforms to the Church's marriage law," there is a provision whose immense significance has not been lost on canon law experts. Here it is: "No recourse is allowed before the Roman Rota for a Nova Causae Propositio (N.C.P.), after one of the parties has contracted a new canonical marriage, unless the injustice of the decision is manifestly established." What this means in simple terms is that if one party to marriage obtains a quickie annulment at the diocesan level, the party opposing the annulment cannot even introduce...
  • Sharia Court Told Woman To Divorce Husband, Have Sex With Another Man And Wait...

    12/14/2015 5:47:05 AM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 12/14/15 | Nick Hallett
    A judge in a British Sharia court told a married couple the wife must divorce the husband, have sex with a different man and wait three menstrual cycles before marrying the husband again in order to validate the marriage, it has been claimed.In her report on the growing number of Sharia courts in the UK, Dutch academic Machteld Zee, says judges are enforcing harsh rules on women who want to divorce abusive and neglectful husbands, and accuses them of allowing fundamentalists to enforce their ideology.Breitbart London wrote about her initial findings earlier this month, but now new detail has come...
  • Who Won the Synod?

    10/27/2015 12:33:33 PM PDT · by LovedSinner · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/26/2015 | Ross Douthat
    No, look, what actually happened is that conservatives won what was probably the closest thing to victory that they could have hoped for, given that 1) the pope was against them, and 2) the pope stacked the governing and writing committees and the voting ranks, and did I mention that 3) the pope was against them....So the journalists covering the synod document as a setback for the innovators (and, because he elevated them, the pontiff) are mostly correct, given their ambitions going in. But so, in a certain way, are the journalists covering it as a kind of cracked-door to...
  • Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco 'hit by spousal support demand' from estranged tennis pro [tr]

    10/20/2015 8:47:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 20, 2015 | Mike Larkin
    Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco is said to have been hit by a demand for spousal support by her estranged husband Ryan Sweeting. The move comes after the starlet, who is worth an estimated $45 million, filed to divorce the professional tennis player last month. It has been claimed she decided to leave the athlete after he became addicted to painkillers prescribed to him after back surgery.
  • Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Divorce - the Bible, Our Lord, and the Constant Teaching...

    10/20/2015 6:21:03 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/20/15 | John Lamont
    "Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Divorce - the Bible, Our Lord, and the Constant Teaching, simple and to the point" Catholic teaching on marriage – theological background The subject of Catholic marriage is now being hotly debated at the current session of the Synod on the Family. It is thus helpful to have available an account of the essentials of Scriptural teaching on this subject, which this article will attempt to provide. The starting point for this account is the text of Deuteronomy 24;1-4: If a man take a wife, and have her, and she find not favour in his...
  • Did Thomas More and John Fisher die for nothing?

    10/19/2015 3:00:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    Denver Catholic ^ | 10/19/15 | Archbishop Samuel Aquila
    The idea that Catholics should be allowed to remarry and receive communion did not begin with the letter signed by Cardinal Kasper and other members of the German episcopate in 1993. Another country’s episcopate – England’s – pioneered this experiment in Christian doctrine nearly 500 years ago. At stake then was not just whether any Catholic could remarry, but whether the king could, since his wife had not borne him a son.As with those who advocate for communion for the civilly remarried, the English bishops were uncomfortable with embracing divorce and remarriage outright. Instead, they chose to bend the law...
  • NJ archbishop sets strict rules barring Catholics from the sacraments

    10/13/2015 5:57:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/13/15 | David Gibson
    Even as Pope Francis and Catholic leaders from around the world debate ways to make the Catholic Church more inclusive, Newark Archbishop John Myers has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who, for example, support gay marriage or join an organization that rejects Church teaching.In the two-page memo, Myers also orders parishes and Catholic institutions not to host people or organizations that disagree with the Church.He says Catholics, “especially ministers and others who represent the Church, should not participate in or be present at religious events or events intended to endorse or support those who reject or...
  • A Documentary You NEED to watch - "Divorce Corp"

    10/13/2015 5:58:34 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 30 replies
    Short and sweet. If you have an hour and a half and want to watch something incredibly disturbing, go out on netflix or solarmovies.com and watch an excellently-done documentary, "Divorce Corp". We all see the articles posted here periodically about the atrocities and oxymorons of "family court". This shows just how bad things really are in family court in America, and both men (usually men) and women too, can be royally screwed by this system. Family court is a money racket for the judges, the lawyers, and the often-demanded to be hired "experts". Sobering enough to make you not want...
  • Cardinal Letter Rejected by Pope - Plus, Pell Appeal Ignored

    10/12/2015 6:53:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | New Catholic
    The letter was signed by Cardinals Caffarra (Bologna), Collins (Toronto), Dolan (New York), Eijk (Utrecht), Erdö (Esztergom-Budapest, president of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe and Synod Relator-General), Müller (Prefect of Doctrine for the Faith), Napier (Durban, President-Delegate), Pell (Secretary for the Economy), Piacenza (Penitentiary Major)*, Sarah (Prefect of Divine Worship), Scola (Milan*), Urosa (Caracas), Vingt-Trois (Paris, President-Delegate *). The text was the following: Your Holiness, As the Synod on the Family begins, and with a desire to see it fruitfully serve the Church and your ministry, we respectfully ask you to consider a number of concerns we...
  • Pope says Church can't be 'museum', must be open to change

    10/05/2015 11:40:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis told a Roman Catholic meeting on family issues on Monday that the Church should not be a stuffy "museum of memories" but have the courage to change if that was what God wanted. Francis urged bishops at the start of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, to humbly empty themselves of conventions and prejudices. They should not "point fingers at the others to judge them" or feel superior to those with different ideas. In a passage that appeared to be directed at unbending traditionalists, the pope said bishops should beware the "hardening of some hearts, which despite...
  • Soul Mates? Why Many Christian Marriages End Up In Divorce

    09/30/2015 2:40:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    BreakPoint ^ | 09/29/2015 | Eric Metaxas
    You want to know one reason why so many Christian marriages end up in divorce? Ronald Reagan once quipped that the trouble with his political opponents, “is not that they are ignorant. It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” Well, I’ve had a bee in my bonnet for years over something that far too many of my fellow Christians believe in that just isn’t so. I speak, gentle listener, of the whole “soul mate” nonsense, especially when it comes to finding a husband or wife. Let me be perfectly clear: No matter how many ads for Christian...
  • Brian Austin Green Asks for Spousal Support in Response to Megan Fox's Divorce Filing

    09/30/2015 10:24:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | September 29, 2015 | Mike Vulpo
    Brian Austin Green has responded to his estranged wife's request for a divorce. More than a month after Megan Fox filed papers in Los Angeles, E! News has uncovered what the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum is asking as proceedings to make their split permanent get underway. In court documents obtained by E! News, Green follows Fox's lead and cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce. In fact, the actor's response mimics Fox's divorce filing in almost every category including the desire for joint custody of their two children.
  • Gay Couples in Common Law Marriage States: Call Your Lawyer

    09/30/2015 7:39:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 30, 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    A wedding is not just two people exchanging rings; it is an entanglement of their personal, legal, and business affairs. For better or for worse, marriage affects a broad and substantial list of rights involving inheritance, property, child custody, and more. Now that gay marriage is legal in all fifty states, both the people involved in gay relationships and the legislators drafting the laws that govern all these rights need to carefully analyze the issues presented. As it turns out, those who cheered the decision [legalizing homosexual marriage] may have their own reasons to worry. The Law of Unintended Consequences...
  • Socci: With Papally-Mandated "Catholic Divorce" destroying a Sacrament, Schism Looms...

    09/16/2015 4:58:58 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/16/15 | Antonio Socci
    "Socci: With Papally-Mandated "Catholic Divorce" destroying a Sacrament, Schism Looms Large on the Catholic Horizon" "Newsweek" recently had a photo of Pope Francis on their front-cover with the headline: “Is the Pope Catholic?”. Subtitle: “Of course he is. You just wouldn’t know it from his press clips.” Indeed, it is a legitimate question, seeing that the Argentine Pope has prayed in a Mosque and said in an interview to Scalfari: “There is no Catholic God.” The anxiety in the Church is now becoming enormous after the 8th of September. In fact with two Motu Proprios on the nullity of marriage,...
  • Note: Avoiding the requirements of Mitis would not be easy for bishops

    09/15/2015 3:56:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | September 14, 2015 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    If Pope Francis’ Mitis Iudex becomes law it will require, among other things, that arch/bishops personally assess, and in some cases adjudicate, certain kinds of marriage nullity petitions. Now obviously some, perhaps many, prelates will feel (based on their lack of advanced canonical training, and/or their personal indisposition toward juridic work, and/or their concerns for negative implications to their wider pastoral work that having to choose between types of petitions and individual parties in annulment cases will inevitably provoke) inadequate to this task. Already I am hearing, however, that arch/bishops looking to avoid their looming judicial and procedural responsibilities under...
  • Head of Annulment Commission: Francis is Channeling Christ - Don't Cross Him!

    09/15/2015 5:13:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | September 15, 2015 | Manhound
    Rorate Caeli just translated an article that appeared in L'Ossevatore Romano on September 8. It was written by Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, the head of the Commission for the reform of the canonical process--in other words the point man for the recently announced annulment reforms. What he writes is stunning. And chilling. The three main points are these: +The annulment reforms are not merely procedural reforms to introduce more fairness and efficiency in the process, but a full-scale revolution in thought and practice towards the marriage validity question, designed to radically increase the number of annulments. +It is Christ, acting...
  • Catholic Divorce - Head of Vatican Commission Admits in Official Paper: Surge in Number...

    09/14/2015 10:59:27 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/14/15 | Augustinus
    "Catholic Divorce - Head of Vatican Commission Admits in Official Paper: Surge in Number of "Annulments" Intended" Since Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus and its companion document Mitis et misericors Iesus were published on September 8, there has been little reference to the article published by L'Osservatore Romano on that same day to explain the thinking behind the reforms of Canon law. This is a pity, as this article was written by no other than the head of the Commission for the reform of the canonical matrimonial process, the Dean of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto:...
  • Pope Francis says half of marriages today are invalid. He's wrong.

    05/22/2014 7:38:39 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 79 replies
    The Week ^ | 5/20/14 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    T o much fanfare in the press, Pope Francis has started a "dialogue" about the Catholic Church's marriage practices. The part that has received the most attention is whether civilly divorced and civilly remarried Catholics should be admitted to Holy Communion, without having to abandon their second marriage, which the church recognizes as continuing adultery. This issue will be addressed by the bishops of the Catholic Church at a "Synod on the Family" over this year and next. Unfortunately, the pope's favorite theologian and the pope himself have initiated this discussion in a befogging cloud of pessimism. The pope is...
  • Pope’s annulment reform reaffirms Church teaching, upends Synod’s Communion debate

    09/09/2015 4:27:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 8, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    ROME, September 8, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The public confusion over whether the Vatican’s upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family will somehow endorse divorce has been cleared up by Pope Francis, as he said definitively today that marriage is “indissoluble,” meaning that it is permanent until death. In his decrees released today on annulments -- declarations that a marriage was invalid from the beginning – the Holy Father moved to make it easier and faster to determine nullity of a marriage and eliminated the cost for such deliberations. But in doing so he also reaffirmed that as far as God and...
  • You Don't Think Francis Can Change Church Doctrine? He Just Did.

    09/09/2015 9:28:44 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 54 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | 9/8/15 | Oakes Spalding
    Please excuse the provocative title, and do not misunderstand. Obviously, neither the Pope nor anyone else can change Church doctrine normatively. That is, Church doctrine remains true and unchangeable whatever people--without or within the Church--believe or say. In the same way the teachings of Christ or the Commandments themselves remain true and unchanging. What the Pope can do, however, is to say that Church doctrine has changed or, more to the point, imply by his words or actions that it has. Or he can say or imply that Church doctrine wasn't what most people--including most people in the Church itself...
  • Pope to Release New Annulment Procedures Tuesday

    09/07/2015 7:21:15 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 68 replies
    ABCNews.go.com ^ | September 7,2015 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis on Tuesday will release new streamlined procedures for annulling marriages after he — and thousands of Catholics before him — complained that the church's current system is cumbersome, costly and often unfair.
  • Judge declines divorce case, citing gay marriage ruling

    09/03/2015 6:30:14 PM PDT · by Bayard · 26 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | September 3rd, 2015
    A local judge contends the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage has derailed Tennessee's ability to determine what constitutes divorce — leaving one Signal Mountain couple married against their will. Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton denied the divorce petition last week after hearing from seven witnesses and going through 77 exhibits. Among several reasons he cited in rejecting the couple's divorce, one was the Supreme Court's June ruling. Atherton said the Supreme Court must clarify "when a marriage is no longer a marriage." Otherwise, he contended, state courts are impaired from addressing marriage and divorce litigation altogether. "The conclusion...
  • Do Christians Who Divorce Have the Biblical Right to Marry Other People?

    08/31/2015 11:26:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 8/31/2015 | SHANE IDLEMAN
    In my opinion, only God can truly answer this question. Spouses are encouraged to spend extended time in the Word and obedience to it, as well as extended times of prayer and fasting, and seeking godly counsel. All destructive relationships and toxic counsel must be severed as you seek to answer this question. Many great bible teachers are divided on this issue. Some believe that remarriage to another is never allowed unless one of the spouses dies, but others suggest that it is permissible when adultery and abandonment occur. Much of the controversy centers on Matthew 5:32 where Jesus says,...
  • Liz Smith: I Think I Invented The Trumps Part II

    08/25/2015 11:39:25 AM PDT · by Aria · 10 replies
    New York Social Diary ^ | 8/25/2015 | Liz Smith
    by Liz Smith I THINK I INVENTED THE TRUMPS, Part II Liz began her sum-up yesterday of what she wrote when first meeting the Trumps. This analysis was published in 2000 in her memoir "Natural Blonde." The story will conclude on August 26th in this space. I noted that Donald Trump had attacked a paralyzed, stultified New York bureaucracy and given commerce, construction and business a real shot in the arm. I asked, "If you love democratic capitalism, how can you hate Donald Trump?" I spoke of the other ruthless tycoons I'd heard opine that Trump couldn't last. I said...
  • Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church

    08/05/2015 1:23:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 5, 2015 | Diogenes
    Following a month-long hiatus, Pope Francis resumed his Wednesday general audience on August 5 and called for a compassionate welcome to those who have remarried outside the Church. In doing so, he made no mention of the upcoming Synod of Bishops nor of the controversial proposal to admit those in such situations to Holy Communion. Citing statements on the same topic by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the Holy Father said that the Church should reach out to help those who are in irregular marital situations, aware that there are no "simple solutions" to their problems. Although the Church cannot...
  • Woman Accused of Hiring Hit Man to Kill Ex Gets Probation

    08/05/2015 9:26:26 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 8/3/2015 | AP
    Tiffany Stevens, 39, was sentenced in Hartford Superior Court eight months after a jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared in her attempted-murder case. The hit was never carried out. Simsbury police arrested Stevens in July 2012, alleging she paid a handyman $5,000 to kill her ex-husband, Eric Stevens. Authorities said the handyman instead disclosed the plan to the ex-husband, who told police. Police said Eric Stevens had told them that whoever won custody of his daughter would control a $50 million fund, but Tiffany Stevens' father testified that was untrue. And despite an attempted murder against Tiffany Stevens, a...
  • Remarried Divorcees "Not Excommunicated", Pope Francis Tells Church

    08/05/2015 7:09:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 80 replies
    NDTV ^ | August 5, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    VATICAN CITY: Divorced people who have remarried "are still part of the Church" and should not be treated as if they have been excommunicated or cast out, Pope Francis said Wednesday. Speaking ahead of a highly anticipated global meeting on family life in October, he said "awareness that a brotherly and attentive welcome... is needed towards those who... have established a new relationship after the failure of a marriage, has greatly increased".
  • The Right Way to Deal with Hypocrisy in the Church

    08/04/2015 3:14:17 AM PDT · by rhema · 42 replies
    The Stream ^ | August 3, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Without a doubt, we — the church and its congregants — have hurt our witness to the world with our hypocrisy, thereby undercutting our moral and spiritual authority. Why should people listen to us if we preach one thing and do another? How can we expose sin in the society when we’re practicing sin in the church? On what basis can we speak out against same-sex “marriage” when we’ve allowed our own marriages to go to pot? The pedophile priest scandal in the Catholic Church not only inflicted terrible suffering on the boys who were abused, but it also terribly...
  • Social media a marriage killer in China: Experts

    07/26/2015 10:53:37 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 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...