Divorce and Catholicism Essay
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 …show more content…
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