Divorce and Catholicism Essay

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Divorce and Catholicism

It's hard to believe that there are over six million divorced Catholics in the United

States alone. Recent statistics show that one out of two marriages now end in divorce.

The national average is a failure rate of about one out of two marriages. Most Catholics

are taught that marriage is sacred and that it means "forever". It means that you give up

your single life and prepare to be with one man or woman for the rest of your life. But

today, with divorce at an all time high, this is not always reality. Marriage is effected by

consent. A couple knowingly says "yes" to everything that a marriage involves. The

"yes" is the real issue. Divorce is the termination of a
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The Church does not look for someone to blame for marriage breakup. They only

look to find out why the marriage failed and whether either or both people in the

relationship lacked the proper consent or the ability to carry out consent. It also does not

affect the legitimacy of any children born during the marriage.

According to the Rev. Michael Dogali's article, Is Marriage Still Permanent?,

"church law affirms the personal relationship, the intimate partnership between the

spouses, as a crucial and basic dimension of marriage"… "marriage is a union of persons,

not simply a union of bodies. The purpose of marriage is to give life, but equally, to

share it." We can see that the Church opposes divorce and, at times, may not even

recognize it. The word "divorce" is seen eleven times in eleven verses of the bible.

For example, in Leviticus 21:14, it is said, "A widow, or a divorced woman, or

profane, or a harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to

wife." This said that a man who was going to serve God as a priest in the Tabernacle

could not marry a divorced woman.

Other places where the word "divorce" shows up is in Leviticus 22:13, Numbers

30:9, in the Mosaic law seen in Deuteronomy 24:1-4, in Isaiah 50:1, and Jeremiah 3:8.

The New Testament has the last four, including Matthew 5:31-32, Matthew 19:7, where

Pharisees

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