Catholic Divorce: The Deception of Annulments

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Many people believe that the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on marriage is clear and consistent: marriage is a sacrament, the marriage contract is indissoluble, divorce and remarriage are forbidden. 

In this book, theologians, historians, and sociologists overhaul the church's teaching and practice on divorce and remarriage, as well as personal testimonies from a number of persons who have gone through the annulment process.

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Overview

Many people believe that the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on marriage is clear and consistent: marriage is a sacrament, the marriage contract is indissoluble, divorce and remarriage are forbidden. 

In this book, theologians, historians, and sociologists overhaul the church's teaching and practice on divorce and remarriage, as well as personal testimonies from a number of persons who have gone through the annulment process.

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Editorial Reviews

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Coeditors Hegy (sociology, Adelphi Univ.) and Martos (religion, Spalding Univ.) have written four of this collection s ten studies. Other contributors include a bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church, an Anglican, a Protestant seminary faculty member, a teacher of journalism, and progressive Catholic theologian Edward Schillebeeckx with two essays, one from 1970. One chapter consists of a selection of letters received in response to a call by one of the contributors for church reform on divorce and remarriage, published in 1997 in the National Catholic Reporter and addressed to North American Catholic bishops. The book is generally academic in tone. The editor-essayists attempt to show the changing historical nature and cultural understandings of marriage, suggesting that the church engages in deception by using annulments to circumvent its prohibition on divorce. Though not new, the arguments deserve a hearing. An optional purchase for religion/sociology collections. Anna M. Donnelly, St. John s Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826418326
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/20/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Hegy is professor of sociology at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

Joseph Martos is professor of religious studies at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

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