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MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

DIVORCE & RE-MARRIAGE

CIVIL DIVORCE

1. The introduction of divorce in any society abolishes the right to life-long indissoluble
marriage by making 'for life' become 'as long as'.

2. Inhibitions: Some spouses, fearing the ever-present threat of divorce, pull their punches
out of fear of provoking their partner into leaving.

3. The absence of divorce allows people to enter into marriage with a greater sense of commitment, and within marriage they will take their commitment more seriously. Where marriage is permanent couples are more inclined to struggle to make a success of their marriage; with divorce, they are more inclined to give up.

4. The absence of divorce invariably means that individuals are more cautious in selecting a
partner because marriage is seen as permanent.

5. The unity and indissolubility of marriage ensure a greater security and stability in the
relationship.

6. It is not simply failed and problematic marriages that are dissolved; divorce also de…

SEXUALITY

Sexuality

• Human: Sexuality is essentially human; there has never been a normal human being who
was not sexual.

• Spiritualising: There is a danger in modern Catholic theology of a spiritualising approach
to sexuality and sexual intercourse in marriage.

To transfer human sexuality up to the exclusively spiritual level is just as untrue to human nature as is transferring it down to the
exclusively animal level.

• One Body: Becoming one person with another human being includes becoming not only
one spirit and one mind, but also one body.

Married love is agape, the love of the spouse for the spouse's sake, but it is also more than agape. Married love is philia, the love of the spouse as a friend, but it is also more than philia.

Married love is eros, the love of the spouse for one's own sake, but it is also more than eros.

• Selfish Love: Married love that leads two to become one body is never exclusively selfish
love, but it is unquestionably in part selfish love.

Married love…
Cardinal Kasper: Quit throwing around the word ‘heretic’

 German Cardinal Walter Kasper, retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity says think twice before calling someone a “heretic.”

That is the seemingly simple advice from Cardinal Walter Kasper, the prominent German theologian whose ideas have influenced Pope Francis, especially his view that mercy should be the guiding principle in pastoral practice.

Speaking in an interview with Alessandro Gisotti at Vatican News, the 85-year-old prelate addressed controversy about “Amoris Laetitia,” the pope’s 2016 letter on families, which includes a provision that allows some divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion.

“First of all I would like to say that debate in the church is necessary. There is no need to fear debate!” the cardinal said.

But he said the debate on “Amoris Laetitia” has become too heated—even though the “people of God” have accepted the teaching.

“Debate in the church is necessar…