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Marriage and Cohabitation

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Bishop Barron’s 1st Thoughts on Amoris Laetitia

On a spring day about five years ago, when I was rector of Mundelein Seminary, Francis Cardinal George spoke to the assembled student body. He congratulated those proudly orthodox seminarians for their devotion to the dogmatic and moral truths proposed by the Church, but he also offered some pointed pastoral advice. He said that it is insufficient simply to drop the truth on people and then smugly walk away. Rather, he insisted, you must accompany those you have instructed, committing yourself to helping them integrate the truth that you have shared. …

Bishop Barron’s 1st Thoughts on Amoris Laetitia

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O Happy Fault

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Pope to Roman Rota: On God’s Dream for Marriage

Pope Francis has reaffirmed that having a lifelong Christian marriage is not just an ideal for a select few, but something that can be possible for all

This morning, speaking to the tribunal of the Roman Rota, which deals with annulments, the Pope reminded them of their two important roles: first, as the tribunal of the family, and second, as the tribunal of the truth of the sacred bond. …

Pope to Roman Rota: On God’s Dream for Marriage

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Living the Moral Life 34

Once we give ourselves in marriage, we no longer have the right to give ourselves again because we are no longer our own property. Genesis says, “They are no longer two, but one flesh” 2:24. Marriage says that you are also the property of each other. Therefore, your original spouse has full rights to what your vows have promised. Jesus reaffirms the Old Testament and goes further, What God has united together, let man not separate.” (Mk 10:9, Mt 19:6) Neither the state nor any religion, including the Catholic Church, has the power to unbind the marriage vows. Continue reading

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Explanation of ‘Rescriptum’ on Annulment Procedures

Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, dean of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, explained the Holy Father’s Rescriptum ex audientia on the new law for marriage annulment procedures in an article published Friday in “L’Osservatore Romano,” and made available via the Vatican Information Service:

“In the introductory report at the opening of the Ordinary Synod, Cardinal Erdo outlined one of the chief aims of the synodal meeting. Indeed, the general rapporteur stated that by virtue of the sacrament of marriage, the…