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Old Feb 21, '12, 8:13 am
bertkeel bertkeel is offline
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Default Civil marriage vs Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

a catholic priest in ROME / Berlin/London/Bern-Switzerland/Paris etc blesses the couple receiving the Holy sacrament of matrimony.. he does not sign the CIVIL marriage document, he advises the couple to proceed to the cicil authorities to 'get married'....

a catholic priest in New York co-signs the civil marriage documents, no need to 'get married at a civil office' ... aclerk in Las Vegas then can divorce the couple the next day...without ever informi ng the priest.....

WHY does the catholic church in the US tolerate this 'dual action' that puts the church and the couple in the midst of many political 'hot button issues' (such as gay marriage) ?

Cardinal Ratzinger declared "Nonetheless, according to the teaching of the Church, men and women with homosexual tendencies ďmust be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoidedĒ. ...

The Cardinal clearly advised us to avoid unjust discrimination such as 'unequal tax situation'.....et alia 'civil problems' ......
I hope and pray that pope Ratzinger will remember his writings and lead the catholic church in the US to focus on the SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY and stay away from 'civil marriage issues' .... our overburdened priests have plenty to do...no need to force them to act as 'civil marriage clerks'...


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