Essay: If the Synod of Bishops asked Melissa Musick Nussbaum about marriage, what would she say? Well, it starts with a little something known as Benedict's Rule.
Essay: If the Synod of Bishops asked me about marriage, what would I say? Something different than the bishops did in the synod's working document.
It's "getting difficult" for Catholics to partner with the government in providing social services because of laws like a federal mandate requiring contraceptive services.
Couples seeking a marriage annulment in the Cleveland diocese no longer have to pay a fee for the service.
Under a plan announced June 4 by Bishop Richard Lennon, all fees in annulment cases were eliminated. Cases already filed as well as marriage dispensations and marriage permissions also are covered by the policy change.
Lennon said in a press release that he hoped the change will encourage men and women in irregular marriages, especially those who have been divorced and remarried, to undertake greater participation in the life of the church.
THE GOSPEL OF THE FAMILY
By Cardinal Walter Kasper
Published by Paulist Press, $9.95
When he spoke -- at the request of Pope Francis -- in a two-hour session in front of at least 150 of the world's cardinals in February, Cardinal Walter Kasper's comments about divorce and remarriage caught the room's attention.
As the Synod on the family draws near, there seems to be an effort by traditionalists to shift the focus to doctrine rather than serving the pastoral needs of people.
Through the sacrament of matrimony, married couples are called to be living icons of God's love in the world, Pope Francis said; and when they fight -- and all couples do -- they don't have "to call the United Nations," but find simple words and gestures to say they are sorry.
Concluding a series of talks about the sacraments, Pope Francis used his general audience Wednesday to focus on marriage, and he asked the estimated 45,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray for the world's families, especially for couples experiencing difficulty.
The Catholic church needs to find a way to help divorced and remarried Catholics who long to participate fully in the life of the church.
hose who recognize marriage as a sacrament, a divine blessing and a reflection of God's love for humanity should have even greater sympathy for husbands and wives whose relationships have failed.
Francis pushed the closed-door summit of about 150 cardinals to "deepen the theology of the family and discern the pastoral practices which our present situation requires."