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  • 16 Examples That Show The United States Has Become A Seriously Messed Up Country

    04/13/2014 10:28:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The American Dream blog ^ | March 5, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    In recent years, it has been quite common to hear our politicians and top media personalities talk about the need for America to use military force to impose “our values” on the rest of the world. But what “values” could they possibly be talking about? The truth is that we don’t have any “values” worth sharing with anyone at this point. America has become a festering cesspool of garbage and filth, and it is getting worse with each passing day. As a nation, we need to humble ourselves and turn away from our wicked deeds and rediscover the values that...
  • Alan Grayson's Wife Accuses Him Of Trying To Kill Her, Admits Long-Term Abuse

    04/08/2014 11:28:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | April 7, 2014 | Javier Manjarres
    As most divorce cases usually are, the recently filed, already ugly divorce case between Congressman Alan Grayson and his with Lolita, has taken another turn for worse for the self-proclaimed "Congressman with Guts." During an interview with police over the recent incident at couples home in Orlando, Florida, in which Lolita Grayson accused the congressman of assaulting her, Grayson's soon-to-be ex-wife accused him of long-term spousal abuse. Orlando's WFTV Channel 9 obtained the audio of Lolita Grayson's interview with Police. "I'm done. My husband has always been hitting me for years," she told investigators. "He's been hitting me a lot....
  • Cook County GOP Chief: No Regrets About Threats to Ex's Boyfriend

    04/05/2014 11:03:45 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 2, 2014 | Dan Mihalopoulos
    Aaron Del Mar — the Cook County Republican Party chairman who’s up for re-election — is the latest local GOP leader to get tangled up in a particularly nasty divorce. Del Mar, 35, fired off a series of threatening text messages to his ex-wife last year, according to court documents obtained by Early & Often.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Gives Broad Reading to Federal Firearm Prohibition for "Domestic Violence"

    03/31/2014 2:54:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 65 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | March 28, 2014 | NA
    Since 1996, the so-called "Lautenberg Amendment" (named for its sponsor, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)), has banned the acquisition or possession of firearms by anyone convicted of a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence." Applicable crimes are limited to those that have "as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon" and that are committed by persons with a specified relationship to the victim, such as a current or former spouse or a parent. The prohibition applies no matter when the offense occurred and can include convictions that predated the 1996 law....
  • How to Consciously Uncouple: Advice for a drama-free divorce from Gwyneth Paltrow’s guru

    03/27/2014 6:40:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/27/2014 | Katherine Connell
    Celebrity power couple Gwyenth Paltrow and Chris Martin are not merely divorcing; they are consciously uncoupling.In a Tuesday night post announcing the end of their ten-year marriage, under the headline “Conscious Uncoupling” on Paltrow’s lifestyle blog Goop, the couple wrote that “it is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate.” After “working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us,” they “have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate.” They will...
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin announce separation after 11 years of marriage

    03/25/2014 4:48:12 PM PDT · by workerbee · 82 replies
    Fox ^ | 3/25/14
    **SNIP**"We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children, and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time," the message also said. "We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."
  • Father, Forgive Them! {A Look at the Hurt of Divorce and Forgiveness]

    03/22/2014 3:41:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    WAU.org ^ | 03-14 | WAU
    Father, Forgive Them! Jesus shows us the way to forgive. When Peter asked Jesus how many times he had to forgive someone who sinned against him, Jesus told him, “seventy-seven times,” a Semitic way of saying something like “every time, every day, for the rest of your life” (Matthew 18:21). But sometimes the pain of what has happened to us is so deep that we wonder if we will ever be able to forgive.That’s where Linda was—bitter, broken, and unable to forgive her former husband. And she’s not alone. Think of the mother whose young daughter was sexually abused...
  • German church leader signals opening for divorcees

    The new leader of Germany's Roman Catholic bishops is signaling support for allowing some divorced but remarried Catholics to receive Communion after a "penitential period." Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who also sits on a panel that helps advise Pope Francis on Vatican reform, was elected Wednesday to head the German Bishops' Conference. Church teaching holds that unless their first marriage is annulled, remarried Catholics can't receive Communion or other sacraments. The church is now discussing anew how to handle such cases. In an interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper released Saturday, Marx cited a prominent theologian's proposal that "divorced people...
  • Why the gathering storm over divorce might be worse than was that over contraception

    03/14/2014 8:08:26 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 64 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | March 13, 2014 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    Interesting parallels are being suggested between, on the one hand, Paul VI’s dithering over contraception in the 1960s (which, though reversed by his reassertion of Church teaching in Humanae vitae, contributed to widespread repudiation of that teaching by Catholics), and Francis’ recent mixed signals (or what are widely perceived as mixed signals) over the future of Church teaching against divorce-and-remarriage and the reception of holy Communion. Notwithstanding some important differences between the two men and situations, I write to suggest that the stakes for all might actually be higher this time around. Consider two points: First, Church teaching against contraception...
  • On the rise in teen suicide since the 1950's

    "Third, we find that, to the extent that we can explain the rise in youth suicide over time, the most important aggregate variable explaining this change seems to be the increased share of youths living in homes with a divorced parent." Before liberals were for marriage and family, they were strongly against them. They have been undermining God's plan for human family relationship no doubt all along in one way or another, but since the 1950's they've especially made progress. The article linked to from the National Bureau of Economic Research discusses the little talked about link between divorce and...
  • Pope Francis Declares Divorcees Deserve Compassion, Too

    03/10/2014 8:37:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03/09/2014 | Kirsten Powers
    Divorced Christians will be encouraged by Pope Francis's reminder that the church should be a place of healing after a failed marriage. Pope Francis is giving hope to another group historically marginalized by the church. During a recent morning Mass, he made news when he said the divorced should be "accompanied," not "condemned.” This message will be balm to many divorced Christians—Catholic or not—who have had fellow believers heap shame and judgment on top of the pain that accompanies the loss of a marriage. It’s also a reminder that while the church has caused plenty of pain, it is meant...
  • Satan is right now shaking the Church to her very foundations over this divorce issue

    03/08/2014 8:49:47 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 28 replies
    Inside the Vatican Magazine, Letter to the Editor ^ | February 2014 | Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.
    Dear Dr. Moynihan,       In your latest Letter from Rome, commenting on the new appointments to the College of Cardinals, you report rather nonchalantly that "[Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig] Müller is also known for having said that the Church's position on admitting to divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacrament of Communion is not something that can or will be changed. But other German Church leaders, including Cardinal Walter Kasper, have recently gone on record saying the teaching may and will be changed."      Your brief, matter-of-fact report on this controversy reminds me of the tip of an iceberg. It...
  • "What God hath joined together... and The Cultural Revolution of Cardinal Kasper"

    03/02/2014 8:59:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate caeli ^ | March 1, 2014 | Prof. Roberto de Mattei
    “Doctrine does not change, the novelty regards only pastoral praxis.” This is the slogan that has been repeated for a year now. On the one hand it pacifies those conservatives who measure everything in terms of doctrinal statements, and on the other hand it encourages those progressives who attribute little value to doctrine and confide everything in the primacy of praxis. A shocking example of a cultural revolution proposed in the name of praxis has been offered to us by the report dedicated to “The Gospel and the Family,”which Cardinal Walter Kasper opened the work of the extraordinary consistory for...
  • Dramatic times for Catholic Dogma on Marriage

    03/01/2014 7:58:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Rorate caeli ^ | 3/01/2014 | New Catholic
    Several times since the Council, the enemies of truth and dogma have tried to force the issue of communion for "remarried" divorcees, a magnificent coup for, in the name of a false notion of "mercy", destroying the theology of two of the most fundamental Sacraments, Matrimony and Penance, and cheapen the highest Sacrament, the Most Holy Eucharist. They do not care that the matter has been firmly established throughout the History of the Church. They do not care that the Pope they now praise as "Santo, Santo" explained thoroughly why it could not happen, following a Synod, in Familiaris Consortio:
  • Pope Francis: accompany, don't condemn, those who have experience failure in marriage

    02/28/2014 11:23:36 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 56 replies
    http://en.radiovaticana.va ^ | February 28, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican this morning. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the beauty of marriage and warned that the Church must accompany – not condemn – those who experience failure in married life. He explained that Christ is the Bridegroom of the Church, and therefore you cannot understand one without the Other. The Holy Father also warned against giving in to the temptation to entertain “special pleading” in questions regarding marriage. The Pharisees, he noted, present Jesus with...
  • Cardinal outlines possible paths to Communion for divorced, remarried

    02/28/2014 3:50:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | February 28, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world's cardinals. Jesus' teaching on the indissolubility of sacramental marriage is clear, the retired German cardinal said, and it would harm individuals and the church to pretend otherwise. However, "after the shipwreck of sin, the shipwrecked person should not have a second boat at his or her...
  • “Secret” Kasper speech to see the light of day

    02/28/2014 5:50:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    U.S. Catholic ^ | Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
    After a week of wrangling over a Vatican decision to keep it secret, the German Catholic book publisher Herder announced today (Feb. 27) that on March 10 it would publish in book format Cardinal Walter Kasper’s two-hour keynote address at last week’s meeting of the College of Cardinals in Rome. Although Pope Francis had publicly praised Kasper’s speech on the theology of the family for its “profound theology” and “clear thinking,” the Vatican has so far only released a brief summary of the two-hour talk. Earlier this week, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, a member of the “G-8” Council of...
  • The Pope’s homily: A Trial Balloon, Multiple Ironies, Unanswered Questions

    02/28/2014 7:41:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | February 28, 2014 | Richard Cipolla
    The Pope’s homily for Friday, February 28, surely is a trial balloon that has been launched with the Synod on the Family in mind. The past weeks have seen a number of statements and conversations about the debated issue of whether a divorced and remarried person can receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
  • Your husband doesn’t have to earn your respect

    02/26/2014 3:16:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | February 22, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    I canÂ’t tell you where I was or who was there or when it happened. I donÂ’t want to add to this guyÂ’s humiliation, so I am keeping this vague and generic. I can simply tell you that, some time ago, I found myself in the same vicinity as another married couple. I certainly canÂ’t read their minds, and I donÂ’t know what goes on behind the scenes, all I know is that the husband couldnÂ’t seem to utter a single phrase that wouldnÂ’t provoke exaggerated eye-rolling from his wife. She disagreed with everything he said. She contradicted nearly every...
  • The Problem of A Stubborn and Unrepentant Heart

    02/25/2014 2:47:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/24/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus once rebuked the people of his time for their stubborn and unrepentant hearts: This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At...
  • The Dangerous Pressure for Change in Church Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage

    02/25/2014 6:42:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 2/24/14 | Phil Lawler
    As the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops draws near, we’ll hear more and more about one question: Whether Catholics who are divorced and remarried should be allowed to receive the Eucharist. Clearly this is the question on the minds of reporters, the question being posed by liberal bishops, the question that agitates Catholics especially in the German-speaking countries. But this is not the question being asked by Pope Francis, or the question that was asked by Pope Benedict before him. Both Pontiffs spoke about the need to provide pastoral care for Catholics in these irregular unions. They both...
  • Carpenter's Wife Returns to Megachurch He Rebukes Christian Leaders Who Supported Divorce

    02/20/2014 4:40:53 PM PST · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 17, 2014 | Nicola Menzie
    Full Ttitle: Pastor Ron Carpenter's Wife, Hope, Returns to SC Megachurch as He Rebukes Christian Leaders Who Supported His Desire for Divorce _______________________________________________________________ Hope Carpenter, co-founder of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., was enthusiastically welcomed back by congregants on Sunday months after her marital infidelities were exposed at the pulpit by her husband, Pastor Ron Carpenter. Carpenter, this time around, took other Christian leaders to task for supporting him when he declared he would be seeking a divorce. With his wife and family sitting in the very first row of the sanctuary, Pastor Carpenter manned the pulpit not...
  • Pope Francis calls for flexibility, patience as he opens talks on church teaching

    02/21/2014 10:14:48 AM PST · by ebb tide · 85 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | February 20, 2014 | David Gibson
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Thursday (Feb. 20) opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family life, telling the world’s Catholic cardinals that the church needs a “pastoral” approach that is “intelligent, courageous and full of love” and not focused on abstract arguments. In brief introductory remarks released by the Vatican, 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.” He asked that they do so “thoughtfully” and by keeping the focus on “the beauty...
  • Consistory: Cardinal Kasper addresses the Cardinals

    02/20/2014 4:47:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2-20-14
    (VIS/Vatican Radio) The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., gave a briefing for journalists at midday Thursday on the progress of the extraordinary consistory for the family which opened this morning in the New Synod Hall and in which around 150 cardinals participated. “After the Pope's address, the cardinals sent an affectionate greeting to Archbishop Loris Capovilla, one of the new cardinals to be created by the Holy Father in next Saturday's consistory, who for reasons of age and health was not able to travel to Rome, but who is present in the spirit of...
  • Cardinals delve into divorce-remarriage debate

    02/20/2014 4:12:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | February 20, 2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Kasper frequently cited the Bible as a source of inspiration in a signal, almost Protestant in nature, that the answer to the problem lay in scripture. He told reporters that Francis had asked him to pose questions to the 150 cardinals to begin a debate on the issue.
  • A Slide Show of Sanctity – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

    02/16/2014 2:26:14 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/15/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Gospel for this Weekend’s Mass we are well into the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and today we cover a good deal of Chapter 5. In a way the Lord is drawing a picture for us of the transformed human person. He is presenting a kind of slide show of what sanctity really is. In understanding this rather lengthy text we do well to reflect on it in three parts.I. The Power of New Life in Christ – We have discussed before that an important principle of the Christian moral vision is to understand that it is...
  • Study Shows US Bible Belt Has Highest Rate of Family Break-Ups; Is it About Faith or Race?

    02/14/2014 7:58:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/14/2014 | BY TYLER O'NEIL
    Family Research CouncilThis map shows the states where family belonging (whether or not a biological mother and father are still married when the child is 15-17) is highest and lowest in the United States. The darker the color, the more belonging.A study on family breakup as it effects children on the cusp of adulthood revealed that more children experience family breakup before adulthood in the South, well-known for its religious "Bible belt," according to the Family Research Council."The Bible belt is in deep, deep trouble on family," Pat Fagan, director of The Family Research Council's Marriage and Religion Research...
  • EXCLUSIVE: MICHELLE OBAMA’S TELL-ALL SHOCKERS (National Enquirer)

    02/14/2014 9:53:18 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 54 replies
    National Enquirer ^ | BARRY LEVINE, Executive Editor News & LEON WAEGNER, NATIONAL ENQUIRER | BARRY LEVINE, Executive Editor News & LEON WAEGNER, NATIONAL ENQUIRER
    MICHELLE OBAMA is already hammering away at a $15 million memoir that will rip the lid off President Barack Obama’s secret extramarital hijinks and public flirta­tions with other women, sources tell The ENQUIRER. “Michelle has suffered in silence, while Barack ignored her to live it up surrounded by adoring beauties,” an insider told The ENQUIRER. “She’s fed up, and she’s going to use a poison-pen memoir of her White House years to get revenge on him
  • WHAT to Make of This One? Jay Z to Divorce Beyonce Due to Affair w/ Obama(!)

    02/10/2014 9:20:47 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 89 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
  • Cardinal Schönborn: Pope Francis has already changed church

    02/07/2014 6:29:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | February 7, 2014 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    "It is fascinating to see how Pope Francis is encouraging, reviving and renewing the church. Our meeting with him was an excellent lesson on how to live the Gospel today," Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said after a 90-minute audience with the pope during the Austrian bishops' "ad limina" visit to the Vatican in the last week of January. The Austrian bishops took the results of the recent Vatican questionnaire to Rome with them. Responses showed that 95 percent of those who had filled out the questionnaire in Austria were in favor of allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive...
  • The Truth Is Always Pastoral

    02/05/2014 10:39:39 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 5, 2014 | J.D. Flynn
    Canon lawyers are fascinated by the Samaritan woman at the well. The moment we hear about her five husbands, and her consort, we start thinking about how her case might be handled at the marriage tribunal. But the most instructive part of the story is how Jesus relates to her: he is kind to her, and respectful, but he is unabashed about telling her the truth. Over the past few months, an ecclesial dialogue about pastoral care has been played out in the media as if it were the precursor to a monumental doctrinal split among the Church’s leadership. The...
  • Divorce Rate Higher in Counties With More Conservative Protestants, Study Says

    01/30/2014 5:17:18 AM PST · by xzins · 80 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 26 Jan 14 | Anugrah Kumar,
    Divorce rate is higher among religiously conservative Protestants, and even among those living around them, finds a new study that examined all counties in the United States where divorces occurred and looked at what the characteristics of those counties were. Demographers Jennifer Glass at the University of Texas and Philip Levchak at the University of Iowa looked at the entire map of the United States, and found that a key factor predicting divorce rates is the concentration of conservative Protestants in a county. To be published in the American Journal of Sociology next month, the study notes that religiously conservative...
  • Pope says judgments on annulments must be impartial and pastoral

    01/24/2014 7:00:14 PM PST · by ebb tide · 67 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 1-24-2014 | Francis X Rocca
    Addressing the Vatican court primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said judges on church tribunals should show “imperturbable and impartial balance” as well as the “delicacy and humanity proper to a pastor of souls.” The Pope made his remarks today to officials of the Roman Rota at a meeting to inaugurate the tribunal’s judicial year. “You are essentially pastors,” he told the officials. “As you carry out your judicial work, do not forget that you are pastors. Behind every file, every position, every case, there are persons who wait for justice.” Pope Francis has said that...
  • Red states see higher divorce rate, research shows

    01/24/2014 2:52:16 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 43 replies
    Fox 25 OKC ^ | 1-21-14 | By: Rebecca Schleicher
    Divorce hits red states harder than blue states, according to new research out of the University of Texas and University of Iowa. The research, published in the American Journal of Sociology, looks at religion and divorce and found the more conservative an area, the higher the divorce rate.
  • Captain & Tennille are getting divorced

    01/22/2014 3:54:19 PM PST · by SMGFan · 177 replies
    EW ^ | January 22, 2014
    “Love Will Keep Us Together” duo Captain & Tennille are divorcing after nearly four decades of marriage, People reports.
  • Wendy Davis Gave Up Custody of Youngest Daughter in 2005 Divorce

    01/22/2014 1:52:42 PM PST · by servo1969 · 74 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 1-22-2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    It's one of the most striking details in Texas State Senator Wendy Davis's life uncovered by Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater: in 2005, Davis, apparently eager to advance her career, relinquished custody of not just her child with her second husband, Jeffry Davis, but also her first child from another marriage. "It's not a good time for me right now” Davis said at the time, explaining her decision, according to Jeffry Davis. Wendy Davis's first daughter Amber, born during her first marriage to Frank Underwood, was 23 at the time – an adult. Her daughter with Jeffry, Dru, was...
  • Divorce Corp. Details the Injustices of Family Court

    01/21/2014 2:28:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Tue., Jan. 21 2014 | Adrian Rodriguez
    What if you had to pay for justice? What if you couldn't afford it? Would you be left with lawlessness, clutched in the grip of oppression? The makers of the independent documentary film Divorce Corp. seem to think so, as they charge the family court system with being "a dark corner of the judicial system where fiefdoms and tyrants still thrive..." First-time writer and director Joseph Sorge experienced the complexities of the family law system -- observing the injustices practiced in the family courts. Through his research he discovered that divorce affects nearly 50 percent of American households and 41...
  • Is the Obama marriage on the rocks? Astonishing claims emerge of ugly fights

    01/18/2014 6:55:47 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 67 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1-18-14 | Tom Leonard
    With invitations warning guests to ‘EBYC’ — Eat Before You Come — and rumours they’ll be dancing to star turns from Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z, it won’t be your usual White House knees-up. Michelle Obama was 50 yesterday and President Barack Obama will be feting his redoubtable First Lady tonight with a party that will give them the chance to let their hair down and forget their troubles for a few hours. The email inviting guests to the ‘snacks & sips & dancing & dessert’ advised them to wear comfortable shoes and practise their dance moves. Purse-lipped...
  • Rumours of marriage problems threaten to overshadow Michelle Obama's 50th birthday

    01/12/2014 4:10:18 PM PST · by garjog · 79 replies
    The Australian Times ^ | January 12, 2014 | TONY ALLEN-MILLS
    The Enquirer has earned a measure of respectability in Washington with its reporting of political scandals - most notably its exposure of the double life of John Edwards, a former senator and once a Democratic presidential contender. Yet its so-called bombshell Obama report was based on nothing more substantial than the vague allegations of an unnamed "Oval Office insider" who claimed the first couple "are now sleeping in separate White House bedrooms" - tame stuff compared with the adventures of the president's French counterpart Francois Hollande.
  • German Bishops Defy Vatican Prefect Over Communion for Divorced

    01/03/2014 7:12:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    UCA News ^ | 1/3/13 | Joshua J. McElwee
    The leader of the German bishops' conference has defended a plan by the prelates to offer Communion to divorced Catholics, saying he feels "strengthened" by Pope Francis on the matter despite opposition from the Vatican's highest doctrinal official. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German Episcopal Conference, says that in reflecting on the opposition to the plan from Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he remembers that "a prefect is not the pope." "As President of the Bishops' Conference I have, in recent years, after our spring and autumn meeting, traveled to Rome...
  • The Catholic Church’s view of marriage

    12/30/2013 7:50:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    The CatholicWay.wordpress.com ^ | July 31, 2012 | Ronald Ayers
    The Catholic Church’s view of marriage July 31, 2012 by Ronald Ayers The Catholic Church views marriage as not merely a necessary union in order to create more humans, but in fact as a holy covenant between a man and a woman which mirrors the relationship of Christ and His Church. The Catholic  Church’s views marriage as permanent and only between a man and a woman, and divorce as an abomination. The importance of the teaching & Scriptural supportMany people do not view marriage as essential or even important; it is viewed as a means to avoid sexual sin and provide...
  • ... and, Should Catholic Clergy Cease Signing Civil “Marriage” Licenses? (ecumenical)

    06/30/2011 7:35:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/30/11 | Msgr Charles Pope
    I have proposed before on this blog that we may be coming to a point where we should consider dropping our use of the word marriage. It  is a simple fact that word “marriage” as we have traditionally known it is being redefined in our times. To many in the secular world the word no longer means what it once did and when the Church uses the word marriage we clearly do not mean what the New York Legislature or an increasing number of states mean.The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines Marriage in the following way: The matrimonial covenant,...
  • Measuring Divorce Rates is More Difficult. Whatever the measure, Practicing Catholics Fare Better

    10/29/2013 2:09:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 28, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It would seem that figuring the divorce rate would be a rather simple thing. But like most sociological phenomena, there are many complicating factors (especially today when even simple definitions are breaking down). But however you measure divorce, it would seem that practicing Catholics fare far finer than any other group, believer or non-believer.I recently read a CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) study and would like to share a few thoughts from it. The fuller commentary by Mark Gray is over at the CARA blog here: Divorce Still Less Likely Among CatholicsFirst, the question arises as to...
  • REPORT: Barack and Michelle 'Sleeping in Separate Bedrooms'- 'Smart $ has the Marriage Doomed'

    12/28/2013 3:22:44 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 134 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 28 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    '...with his public approval rating plummeting after  the disastrous roll­out of his 'Obamacare' health plan...  now he’s walked smack into the worst marital crisis of his life' Reports in the tabloid National Enquirer (don't laugh- they broke the John Edwards story when the candidate himself dismissed it as 'made-up' and most everybody else thought it too crazy to be true) have President Obama and his beard wife basically separated and no longer sharing the presidential bed these days. With the last straw being his flirting with the blondie Danish PM at Nelson Mandela's wake, 'inside sources' also had her locking him...
  • Card. Meisner cites Pope Francis: No Communion for divorced, remarried

    12/24/2013 10:43:18 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 12/24/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A reader sent the following.  Cardinal Meisner of Cologne gave an interview to Deutschlandrundfunk. You might be interested in this interview with Cardinal Meisner:In his third answer, he says the following (it’s my translation in English, probably very bad):“At my last meeting with Pope Francis, I had the opportunity to talk very open to him about a lot of things. And I told him that some questions remain unanswered in his style of spreading the gospel through interviews and short speeches, questions which need some extended explanation for people who are not so involved. The pope looked at me “with big eyes” and asked me to...
  • Pennsylvania woman tried to frame hubby with child porn

    12/23/2013 11:42:56 AM PST · by seacapn · 108 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 23, 2013 | Associated Press
    <p>State police have charged a western Pennsylvania woman with putting child pornography on a computer in an unsuccessful effort to frame her estranged husband.</p> <p>Online court records don't list an attorney for 42-year-old Meri Jane Woods, of Cherry Hill Township, who also doesn't have a listed phone.</p>
  • Cardinal Kasper says Church will soon give Communion to divorced, remarried Catholics

    12/22/2013 7:46:05 AM PST · by cutofyourjib · 43 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Fri Dec 20 | Hilary White
    Despite a recent strongly worded clarification from Rome, confusion is continuing to be stirred up over the Catholic Church’s practice of refusing Communion to those who are divorced and remarried. A prominent curial cardinal, and favorite of Pope Francis, has defied the Vatican’s doctrinal office, saying that he expects a change. Cardinal Walter Kasper has said bluntly, and in direct opposition to the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), that the rules will shortly be changed to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to be admitted to Holy Communion.
  • Sons of Divorce, School Shooters

    12/17/2013 6:50:50 AM PST · by neverdem · 92 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 16, 2013 | W. Bradford Wilcox
    Another shooting, another son of divorce. From Adam Lanza, who killed 26 children and adults a year ago at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., to Karl Pierson, who shot a teenage girl and killed himself this past Friday at Arapahoe High in Centennial, Colo., one common and largely unremarked thread tying together most of the school shooters that have struck the nation in the last year is that they came from homes marked by divorce or an absent father. From shootings at MIT (i.e., the Tsarnaev brothers) to the University of Central Florida to the Ronald E. McNair Discovery...
  • Anglicans and Sexual Contradictions

    12/12/2013 4:07:04 PM PST · by matthewrobertolson · 216 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 12 December 2013 | Matthew Olson
    The Church strongly opposes contraception, in keeping with the historical position of Christianity. Openness to procreating life is one of the defining characteristics of marriage, which is primarily what makes homosexual "marriage" impossible. The Church also upholds the life-long commitment that is marriage. Contrast the Church's beautiful teachings on all of this against the positions of Protestantism -- those of Anglicanism, in particular. Anglicans once agreed with the Church on these subjects, up until the 1930 Lambeth Conference that approved contraception in some cases (which, of course, had a snowball effect). Here's the 15th resolution from the Conference: "Where there...
  • ‘Is my Husband Gay’ Google Searches Higher in Less LGBT Friendly States

    12/10/2013 11:03:36 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2013
    <p>Have you had to ask Google “Is my husband gay?” recently? If so, a new opinion piece in this weekend’s New York Times by Seth Stephens-Davidovitz says you may be living in a state that’s less tolerant to LGBT people. Also, you’ve probably never seen any television show created by Ryan Murphy (that’s not from the study: that’s just this blogger’s guess).</p>