An Unwanted Annulment

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The saddest thing the Catholic Church did to me, nullified my marriage after a divorce, took away its existence in sacrament. In my heart it was a sacrament even though the marriage ended. How can a church take away something holy? To have had my case reviewed by a Catholic tribunal and judged was simply medieval. And even with all this, when people ask, I am still Catholic.

from The Beauty And Challenge Of Being Catholic: Hearing The Faithful.

Amid the current debates about the reception of Holy Communion by divorced and remarried Catholics, many people on both sides think that the solution is simply to make the annulment process easier, less rigorous. We hear far too little, I think, from those who may have been wounded by the (currently already very relaxed) annulment process.

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The Queen on the Evils of Divorce (Quote of the Day)

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We live in an age of growing self-indulgence, of hardening materialism and of falling moral standards … When we see around us the havoc which has been wrought, above all among the children, by the breakup of homes, we can have no doubt that divorce and separation are responsible for some of the darkest evils in our society today… A child learns by example … We surely cannot expect our children to do what we are too lazy and too indifferent to do ourselves.

from a speech given by Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, 31 October 1949.

Saints with Disabilities (Recommended Reading)

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Francis Phillips at The Catholic Herald reviews Pia Matthews’s new book, God’s Wild Flowers: Saints with Disabilities:

‘Sainthood’, she adds, ‘is often thought of in terms of perfection.’ Yet Pope John Paul II, whose writings on disabled people inspired her book, ‘made it quite clear that we are all called to be saints – becoming the person God wants you to be. She reasons, ‘If sainthood is for every human being, then it must also be for people with disabilities.’

Read the whole review here.

Buy the book here.