How decades of divorce helped erode religion

Two trends in American society might have something to do with each other

The following comes from a September 27 Washington Post article by Julie Zauzmer: Divorce rates climbed to the highest levels ever in the 1980s, when about half of all marriages ended in divorce. And in the present day, Americans are rapidly becoming less religious. Since 1972, the share of Americans who say they do not adhere to any particular religion has increased from … [Read more...]

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Canon lawyer Ed Peters answers Pope Francis defender John Allen

Loose lips cause slips

  The following comes from a June 17 posting on the Canon Law Blog by Ed Peters. Peters is the former canon lawyer for the San Diego diocese. Peters is responding to the news reported widely on June 17 that Pope Francis said a majority of sacramental marriages are invalid. After criticism of this, John Allen defended the pope’s statement in a June 17 post on … [Read more...]

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A signal of deep anguish

U.S. suicide rate soars to 30-year high

The following comes from an April 22 New York Times article by Sabrina Tavernise: Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep … [Read more...]

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Retrouvaille saving marriages in Oakland diocese

Couple whose marriage was saved by the program offering retreats in late February and in September

The following comes from a February 8 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich: In 1989, Jeff and Donna Heusler's marriage was at a crossroads. "My wife and I had separated," Jeff Heusler said. "We were separated for a year and a half." There was the strain of living separately; it was time for a decision: divorce or getting back together? A sister at St. Felicitas … [Read more...]

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The problem with anger

How it's destroying some Catholic marriages, and what to do about it

The following comes from a December 30 Catholic News Agency article by Kate Veik: Of the countless Catholic couples who have come through Father T.G. Morrow's office in Washington D.C. for marriage counseling, two remain imprinted in the priest's mind even today. In many ways, these two Catholic couples were the ideal; they were open to life, they formed their children in … [Read more...]

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New annulment rules for the Catholic Church

Pope Francis' changes took effect this week

The following comes from a December 10 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: With the launch of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis’ reforms to the annulment process have gone into effect, giving more of a role to the local bishop, dropping automatic appeals, and ensuring that the process is free of charge. Among the more significant changes the Pope made were … [Read more...]

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Divorce fight over frozen embryos could make new law

Lives of 5 unborn babies hang in the balance

The following comes from a July 13 LA Times article: A court battle between a divorced couple over the future of their frozen embryos began Monday with an attorney for the former husband accusing the woman of using the dispute to get money. Dr. Mimi Lee, 46, a pianist and part-time anesthesiologist, married Stephen Findley, a wealthy executive, five years ago. Shortly … [Read more...]

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