Catholic marriage is a covenant between a man, a woman, and God. There is an annulment process that if for some grave reason, the marriage ends in divorce, can end this covenant. Otherwise it is “until death do you part”. That is why the Church will never allow there to be a redefinition of marriage. It is a sacrament and should be treated as such.
An annulment process? What does that entail? How did the church come up with this process?
If Catholic marriage is a covenant between a man, a woman, and God, will the church marry a couple without a State license?
Jim..Is the annulment process biblical? Sounds man made to me.
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.
According to Jesus (via Matthew) divorce is permissible when the wife has committed adultery.
"If Catholic marriage is a covenant between a man, a woman, and God, will the church marry a couple without a State license?"
Unlike our Christian brethren churches, the Catholic Church has requirements for the Sacrament of Marriage to be considered valid by the Catholic Church. In summary, one of the parties (either bride or groom) must be a Catholic in good standing, both must agree to raise their children in the Catholic faith, and both promise to live their lives as good Catholics. A Catholic marriage is more than the paper license required by the government; it is a Sacrament and vow before God.
A couple can always get a divorce and live their lives separated and still receive the Sacrament of Communion as long as they don't co-habitate or remarry. Should they choose to co-habitate, they cause the "partner" to commit the sin of adultery since the spouse is still considered married in the eyes of the Catholic Church.
If a spouse should pass away, God forbid, the surviving spouse may be remarried in the Catholic Church.
Annulment is a complex issue and you should speak to a Catholic priest about this.
"According to Jesus (via Matthew) divorce is permissible when the wife has committed adultery"
This may apply to the divorce but it speaks nothing to an annulment. Annulment is the way the Catholic Church nullifies the Sacrament. If granted annulment, a Catholic may remarry. If divorced, a Catholic cannot remarry (without an annulment) in the Catholic Church. Consult a Catholic priest on the topic of annulment.
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 October 18, 2014 at 3:19pm
The Church treats homosexuals the same way it treats unmarried heterosexuals. They are to remain chaste. If they remain chaste, they are in a state of grace and can receive all sacraments. Pretty simple if you know the faith.
*The Captain swoops in*
This is obviously not true!
Holy Orders is one of the sacraments, but any priest or nun admitting to being a homosexual is denied entrance to the clergy or will be removed if already part of it. In order to accept Holy Orders, they must remain not only chaste, but they cannot admit to being a homosexual or having homosexual feelings at all.
Per the 2005 "Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders" (yes, it's a mouthful!), even this directive only applies to those with "transitory" homosexual feelings.
Exact quote: "...the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called "gay culture"."
They also obviously cannot marry a same-sex partner in the church, and thus are ineligible for the sacrament of Holy Matrimony unless they lie to a heterosexual partner in order to get married.
Happy to clarify, as always!
Wow, who was that man?
3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
2 Timothy 3
October 18, 2014 at 3:14pm
No..that is the protestant church Jimmy.
 October 5, 2014 at 4:07pm
The Church is supposed to guide you in the teachings of Christ for you to save your own soul. It uses its resources as a charitable organization to do works of mercy as Jesus commanded us to do, and protecting life from conception to natural death, along with promoting the sustainability of the family unit, (Marriage between a man and woman, and realization of the covenant entered into with God to remain married until death do you part). Focusing on Jesus all the way!
October 5, 2014 at 3:57pm
The Church welcomes the homosexual community at present. They are held to the same standards as heterosexuals. If you are not married, then you can not live together (except as brothers and sisters) or engage in any sexual relations. Pretty simple really.
October 5, 2014 at 3:51pm
Faith and morals jb, faith and morals. He does not have infallibility over anything else.
October 5, 2014 at 3:37pm
The Church has made additions. The Holy Spirit has guided the pope, cardinals, bishops, priests, and deacons just as it guided the apostles after Pentecost. The pope has infallibility on faith and morals. He can not change doctrine or dogma.
[-1] September 2, 2014 at 9:23pm
I would bet my last dollar that a nearby agave plantation sprayed with DDT recently and rainfall washed it into the lake. I used to witness this in the Finger Lakes Region of NYS as a kid before DDT was banned. They sprayed the vineyards with it, and after a rainfall there would be massive die offs of Alewives.
DDT is an insecticide not designed to kill vertebrates. The guy who created was known to take a spoonful to show how non-toxic it was to vertebrates.
My guess the fish kills in the Finger Lakes was not fm the DDT but fm ag runoff.
July 15, 2014 at 10:46am
Anglicans who do not agree can take the route through the Anglican Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, welcoming them into the Catholic Church and allowing them to retain their liturgy and traditions that they cherish. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI foresaw this. God’s teachings and laws are not open to debate.
 May 27, 2014 at 1:14pm
You can take all the money. It will never take away the summit of what the Catholic Faith is….The Eucharist.
 May 27, 2014 at 1:06pm
The Catholic Church has done many things over the course of the last 10 years to bring to an end child molestation. It has instituted policies and programs that educate and bring to the front this most grievous act. The Church knows it has made errors in how things were handled. The Church also knows that it will get smaller because of these and other issues. For most Catholics, this is no problem. We have made great strides to learn from mistakes and make necessary changes that will help to insure the safety of children. What is such a joke is that non-Catholics think that if they ridicule the Church that they are going to make it non-existent. The Church has endured centuries of hardship to bring forth the teachings of Jesus Christ. The pedantic blathering of idiots in a secularized nation are not ever going to change the fact that the Catholic Church is the purveyor of Gods Will and teachings.
May 27, 2014 at 12:51pm
The rapture is a contrived protestant gimmick. That so called “cult” gave you your Bible. Come home to the True Church, founded by Jesus Christ on Pentecost. Don’t let the errors of the past rule the future. Jesus gave us the rules, so leave your hatred a bitterness behind. Look forward to the coming of Jesus and pray that you will inherit God’s kingdom. Jesus died on the cross for us all, but you can’t go through life, treating others poorly, and expect to gain salvation. Don’t place yourself on a righteous pedestal either. The Catholic Church knows the errors it has made throughout the years. Although the institution of the Church has faulted, if it wasn’t for that institution, you would be on your knees, facing east, 5 times a day instead of having the freedom to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So get off the back of the Catholic Church which has done more for our western civilization than protestantism has ever done. Look at the messed up culture the liberal views of protestants has given us. We can only pray that God continues to bless America. I know if I was Him…I wouldn’t.
[-39] May 25, 2014 at 4:53pm
Well Monk, I’m not a troll and think your remark disrespects Pope Francis. There needs to be a peaceful resolution to the ongoing Israel/Palestine conflict. Pope Francis wishes for peace as do all Christians.
The-Monk is designated as troll pointer outer. If you are not with groupthink or have any disagreement you sir are a troll no matter what.
Just calling it how I see it. Palestine and its leaders do not want peace and they never will.
That is a fact that can't be ignored and since the Pope doesn't see it he is ignorant. I don't care what position someone holds or how fancy their clothes are or how well they live if they can't see facts they are somewhat blind.
Howdy Trip7... I see you are wearing a new troll coat today. LOL
If the definition of a troll has an inclination of starting with
ones head in the sand, so be it...
777, you have to have a record amount of user names by now. Pink sticky notes all over your 'keyboard' with current and past user names and passwords. What a stellar warrior for the keyboard, and gate weeper extraordinaire. You make AJ and Cindy a little more weak in the knees than usual with your patronage.
Monk, I really don't see how so many can be blind to the Fact that all islamist want all jews dead. Do you think they buy into this peace idea? Brigott is probably closer to the truth than any or would like.
I do understand some of what you believe and you may wish to call it something else. No matter what name we call it, it is evil.
I think that the Pope delivering "a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel’s controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts “unacceptable”; referring to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine,” and his Bethlehem office as the “presidential palace”; and calling Abbas a “man of peace”, is disrespectful to Israel. Either that or he has no clue what is going on, and I find that hard to believe.
May 15, 2014 at 4:49pm
The Catholic Church gives multitudes more than what it has in holdings. A little research by the Catholic bashers would be refreshing. That way they wouldn’t sound so ignorant.
May 15, 2014 at 4:45pm
If each and every person did his very best to care and love each and every person, there would be no need for the government or states to redistribute anything.The citizens have failed each other in the race to the top and quest for material goods. Empty your garage and attic and care for those in need. Then you will have much wealth and reward in the afterlife. This is what the Pope is saying.
[-1] May 15, 2014 at 4:39pm
I hate to see Catholics leave the Church and pray that one day that those who leave return to the Church founded by Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church will do just fine without you while you take a dirt road which will likely lead you astray. I choose the direct path, guided by the Catholic Church to lead me to eternal salvation. One day you will see, like millions of your PROtestANT brothers, that the Catholic Church is the true Church and come home. For this I pray.
April 20, 2014 at 9:01am
Happy Easter. Easter Vigil was a beautiful celebration last night with so many new Catholics coming into communion with the Church Jesus founded. He is RISEN indeed!
It was a beautiful Easter Vigil and my son received communion for the very first time.
A Blessed Easter to all
January 21, 2014 at 11:34am
He’ll probably want to know why the Pope sold the Harley he was given and donated the money to rebuild a soup kitchen in Rome instead of giving it to him who is all deserving as the “Messiah” in his own mind.
January 18, 2014 at 9:53am
There is only one faith to be that is the truth. The Catholic Church. You can not blame what the Church IS on the failings of man. Human frailty is part of God giving us free will. Any person of sound reason knows that the Catholic Church, over the centuries, has done far more good for this world, and continues to do so than what evil has ever transpired. Learn the faith. Do not judge. Anyone who truly takes the initiative to do so will never follow another path.
January 18, 2014 at 9:41am
There are caps that protect school districts from being sued for over a certain dollar amount. It is not lucrative enough to go after teachers. The Church is not awarded the same. The progressives want the Church to fail and be out of their way.