Simply Spirit: Regarding divorced and remarried Catholics, if the church doesn't help people connect with God, what's the point?
If you've got a good reason for divorce -- adultery, abuse, addiction or abandonment -- fewer than one in four Americans would call that a sin, a new LifeWay Research survey finds.
Faith and Justice: How might the annulment process be simplified? I asked Fr. John Beal, a professor of canon law.
Lawmakers said a proposed law to legalize divorce in the Philippines would face stiff opposition in Congress despite growing public support for the measure.
"The proposal to legalize divorce will not pass under my watch," said House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., reported the Asian Catholic news portal ucanews.com.
Marriage "should be saved and should guarantee the proper guidance of children," he said.
Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao, deputy speaker, said there was little support for the measure among legislators.
Just Catholic: The New York Times paints a cold, hard picture of the church. But the church can fairly easily end a marriage for substantial or administrative reasons.
A small c catholic: When marriages have broken down irretrievably, what's needed is not words of harsh judgment and punishment, but words of love and acts of compassion.
NCR Today: The Scripture passage most often cited by opponents of Cardinal Walter Kasper's proposal on divorce and remarriage is not as clear-cut as it appears.
Faith and Justice: Divorce is a sad reality with multiple and varied causes. Blaming the victims is no solution. No one gets married just so they can get a divorce.
Cardinal Raymond Burke said Pope Francis can't change current church teaching because he and all bishops "are held to obedience to the truth" about marriage, and that cannot change.
Grace on the Margins: "As we gain wisdom ... our hope can be that we -- the whole church -- will find healing words that will both strengthen marriages."