So, what do you think the Catholic Church should do about ministering to divorced and remarried Catholics?
What do you think the new extraordinary synod on the family should address?
How can the Church address the indissoluble nature of marriage as a sacrament? Should it come closer to the Orthodox in its recognition that due to the sinfulness of mankind, marriages do break down?
Or, as a canon lawyer who used to be on a diocesan marriage tribunal told me, most marriages these days are not sacramental because most people entering into marriage do not have a clue what they are doing.
Right now the Church starts from the standpoint that the marriage is sacramental and indissoluble. Then the one seeking to have a second marriage in the Church or the validation of a second marriage elsewhere has the burden of proof to show the marriage was not in fact sacramental.
Meanwhile, divorced and remarried Catholics are: taking communion anyway; shunning the Church because they think the Church shuns them; or attending anyway and suffering not having communion. Of course there is always the option of living as brother and sister.
A divorced and remarried Catholic cannot even avail himself of the sacrament of Reconciliation unless ready to live in brother and sister mode, because one of purposes of reconciliation is amendment of life, no?
But what about other besetting sins? I may confess my gluttony but sure as tootin’ I’m going to fall down on that one again from time to time.
Also, should Pope Francis be able to find a way to overcome the split between Catholic and Orthodox, do you think the Orthodox should come under the Roman marriage discipline?