Francis issues law allowing for fast-track decisions and for appeals to be judged by local churches rather than the Vatican. The Vatican is making it much easier for Catholics to annul their marriages following a push by Pope Francis for reformation of a process long criticised for being complicated, costly and out of reach for many. Rules unveiled on Tuesday speed up the annulment process, with a fast-track procedure now available, and allow for appeals to be judged by a local church official rather than the Vatican in what represents a significant decentralisation of power away from Rome. He also emphasised that annulment ought to be free of cost. While the new rules will have a practical impact that will be felt by Catholics around the world, it is also turning on its head an ongoing and polarised debate within the Vatican about whether communion ought to be offered to divorced and remarried Catholics, which is currently not allowed unless the person has received an annulment. The rules were established by a panel of Vatican-appointed canon lawyers who have spent a year studying ways to simplify the process while at the same time ensuring that the church maintains its position that marriage is a lifelong and sacred commitment.
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When is company-keeping lawful and prudent? This may seem like a ridiculous question in our current society, but it is still a serious one. Originally published in the May, issue of The Angelus, by Fr. Jean Violette from "Communicantes". Are there circumstances when it is not allowed to date or "go steady" with someone? There are certain rules regarding this because there exist certain dangers in company-keeping; dangers with regards to purity or chastity which, because of the weakness of our human nature due to original sin, we must guard ourselves against.
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Recently an article I posted about Catholic men and dating went a little viral. This week a Catholic gal who wished to remain anonymous responds with some suggestions for avoiding common Catholic dating faux pas. In my circles, the topic of Catholic dating comes up regularly or, more specifically, the topic of why there is often a lack of dating among young Catholics.
Did you ever try to teach your children how to swim? Little Sara feels safe, secure, and enjoys the pool sitting on the steps or hanging onto the side. But try to drag her away into the scary deep waters where she can't touch bottom and you invite pure panic! Kicking, screaming, and clawing her way across your face and out of your arms, she will try to thrash back to the side to the steps, where she was happiest.