What God Has Joined Together The Annulment Crisis in American Catholicism

ISBN-10: 0195107640
ISBN-13: 9780195107647
Authors: Robert H. Vasoli
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The recent controversy over Joe Kennedy's annulment gave only a glimpse of American Catholicism's open secret: that contrary to official Catholic doctrine, American churches grant annulments wholesale, freely declaring marriages nonexistent so that one or both partners can remarry in the church. The United States is home to only 6% of the world's Catholics, Robert Vasoli points out, but it now accounts for 75% of all Church annulments, two-thirds of which are granted on ostensibly psychological grounds. The real scandal, though, is not simply the numbers, but that Church marriage courts annul thousands of marriages that are actually valid according to Catholic teaching. Drawing on…    
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Binding: Hardcover Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated Number of pages: 264 Dimensions: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall Weight: 1.100 lbs. Language: English