Posts Tagged ‘Divorce’

Divorce’s Effect on a Child’s Education

“What about the soul? Will the soundness of a soul consist in disorder or rather in a certain order and proportion?”—Socrates, Gorgias

Psychological studies and sociological surveys confirm what common sense naturally knows: children suffer untold emotional harm from divorce, and one consequence affects the education and the life of the mind. The school year does not have to proceed too far before teachers soon recognize the symptoms of divorce that reflect children’s performance...

False Expectations and the coming Synod

On September 1 of this year, the bishop of Antwerp, Belgium, Most Reverend Johan Bonny, produced a twenty-one page series of “wishes” concerning the upcoming Synod with the title, Synod on the Family Expectation of A Diocesan Bishop. Also, an Australian priest-theologian from Canberra and Gaulburn has written a smaller piece entitled, A hermeneutic on Divorce and Remarriage, which discusses the possibility of persons in an invalid marriage receiving Holy Communion without a...

The Name of Evil: “Legion”

The nature of evil is to break, divide and rend asunder all that God unites in creation — to destroy the inherent harmony of order and the oneness of relationships. The more broken the pieces and parts are in the ruins, the better. Whether in bitter arguments, destructive wars, bitter factions, or violent heresies, the Devil advances his agenda by dividing and sub-dividing what God has designed for wholeness and peace. Original sin separated...

In Hoc Signo Vinces (In This Sign Conquer)

It may come as a surprise to many that the fruits of the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s are not anything really new. Western society has faced these issues before with the sexual morality of the Pax Romana. When the Empire began its conversion to Catholicism, this loose morality was defeated precisely because of the acceptance of Catholic teaching. Today, however, is a different story. It is now “en vogue” to have thrown away...

Legislating on Virtual and Physical Infidelity

Surprisingly, many have woken up to the reality that Americans are succumbing to either physical or virtual infidelity. A 2002 survey taken by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that internet pornography was a significant factor in 56% of divorce cases the prior year. In 2012, the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy reported that 41% of marriages reported that one or both spouses admitted to infidelity (either physical or emotional).

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Divorce: Challenges to Marriage

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part II here, Part IV here, and Part V here.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall...

Something Borrowed, Nothing New: The Assaults on Marriage

In light of the recent United States Supreme Court decision that enabled the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples, it is helpful to consider the words of the Holy Father:

These many and glorious fruits were ever the product of marriage, so long as it retained those gifts of holiness, unity, and indissolubility from which proceeded all its fertile and saving power; nor can anyone doubt but that it would always have brought...

Redefining Marriage: A Battle Hundreds of Years in the Making

In terms of the debate over marriage, nearly all of human history can be divided neatly into two halves. During the first, which stretches back into the dim mists of time, the human race struggled to understand the meaning of marriage — what it was for and how to undertake it. They struggled, sometimes poorly, in coming to grips with an idea they knew was central to their existence, but which was sometimes disconnected...