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Submitted by John Chuchman (not verified) on

This magazine must be run by people who are TRULY Catholic!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

It is run by CINO's (Catholics In Name Only), who think the Church is run by democracy and political correctness. They believe the Church should change its teaching to march in lockstep with the world vs. the world changing its values to those of Christ, as taught infallibly by His Body, the Church.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I don't think it is what the church teaches so much as what individuals remember. I remember going over annulments one year with my morality class. One of the girls in the class was literally shocked by what I said were grounds for an annulment. She had "always heard" that the church's position was that divorce was not allowed ever and that the guiding principle was "you made your bed and now you must lie in it." This is what she had heard from well-meaning parents assorted relatives and adult family friends. I speculate that she was told these things to scare her into waiting to get married until she was older and could make a better choice. She thought it meant that if she made a bad choice she would not be able to change her situation. She, therefore, engaged in sex with her "boyfriend" and became pregnant, walking in graduation with her pregnant belly strainng her graduation robe. And the "boyfriend" by that time was long gone.

No, it is not the Church's teachings, nor the seemingly contradictory teachings on divorce that are the problem, but rather they misleading understanding and misuse of incomplete or inaccurate knowledge that has created the problem.

Education is the solution.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I think you hit the nail on the head with that one.

Most American Catholics, in my opinion, are way under educated in their faith.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Grounds for annulment are implemented differently depending on where it is filed and ultimately depends upon the judgment of the specific tribunal and the circumstances surrounding that abuse.

It is certainly true that some tribunals have not fully understood the circumstances of an abusive marriage - just like some Catholics do not fully understand Church teaching. Verified abuse, alone, is not grounds for annulment - and should be. Until it is - the Church continues to send a mixed message by its actions. Abusers are often master manipulators and these grounds should not be contestable.

I agree that many Catholics misunderstand Church teaching on annulments but it is also true that the misunderstandings you cite often come, or at least came, from local priests and parish staff. There are very real reasons for the "misleading understanding and misuse of incomplete or inaccurate knowledge" beyond parishoner incompetence. For the Church to teach - it has a responsibility to accurately communicate those teachings. The Church is as much to blame for any misunderstandinng as those who misunderstand - I would argue even more so.