Dominicans Hit it Out of the Park on Marriage and DivorceJul 25th, 2014 | By David Anders | Category: Blog Posts
In the most recent edition of Nova et Vetera, the Dominicans of the Eastern Province have published an extremely well-written and well-researched reflection on the Catholic doctrine on marriage, divorce, “remarriage,” annulment, and communion. (Please read it here.) In anticipation of the upcoming Synod on the Family, these Catholic theologians – faithful to the Church’s Magisterium – respond to some recent suggestions for changes in Catholic pastoral practice on divorce, remarriage, and communion.
Of special note is their defense of the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage and the possibility of chastity, and their argument that proposals for change presume the impossibility of chastity. The Dominicans also look at the history of marriage legislation in the Church (East and West), the teaching of the Fathers, and the role of the Eastern Emperor in forcing change on the Byzantine Church. They examine the Protestant teaching on marriage and divorce and the effects on Anglicanism of changes to long-standing Christian belief and practice. They evaluate discredited moral theories underlying proposals for change, discuss the meaning of scandal, and offer positive proposals for the upcoming synod. I highly recommend it.