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“I got all kinds of credit, perhaps undeserved, simply because I had the kids.” Says another father also awarded custody, “People come up to me all the time and ask how often I get to see the kids.
‘Every night when I get home from work,’ I reply.” “The insensitivity can be enormous,” says Marie.
I didn’t go to except to church.” “I was amazed to find out how many people blame women when a divorce occurs,” says another woman.
“They think that relationships are women’s business; and, if they fail, she is to blame.” “I think there’s a real onus on women who don’t end up with custody,” says Don.
Catholics who remarry without annulment have an irregular status, but “they are not excommunicated, are under no special penalties, and are not excluded from receiving the Eucharist if they believe they should receive it.” Father Edgar Holden, director of the tribunal of the Seattle archdiocese, agrees.
I began to wonder how many others people even less informed would think the same thing.” Pat, divorced after 18 years of marriage, recalls a meeting of Eucharistic ministers where a prominent parishioner popped the question, “But Father, what should I do if someone comes to Communion I know is unworthy to receive?
The attributes of the church are three: authority, infallibility, indefectibility.
As her husband sank more deeply into alcoholism and began laying up the week’s pay against the horse-flesh at Portland Acres, Ruth held on through five kids: “I knew divorce and birth control were deadly sins before I was old enough to know what they were.” Thirty years later, the kids gone, worn out, she locked the door and filed the papers. And the young priest with the open face and stole made from natural fibers takes it all in. ” Too tired to slug him, Ruth walked away for good.
And another myth, that children of a nonsacramental second marriage are illegitimate or should be denied the sacraments, is completely false.
These have caused so much pain.” Divorced Catholics enjoy the same good status of any other Catholic in regard to the Mass, Eucharist, and any liturgical function, says CLAS’s Provost.