Considering my previous post, you might think that, given the subject title, that I’m trying to call the Church out for hypocrisy in how it handles divorce. That’s only half-right, really.
Relevant Magazine recently published an article by Kathryn Malczyk about the dichotomy between the Church’s position on gay marriage and divorce. An excerpt:
While tripping over themselves to passionately protest gay marriage, Christian conservatives are neglecting to fight a much larger threat to the sanctity of marriage and the institution of the family. Divorce has already completely altered the family as we know it, and its consequences continue to infect the nation. Christians turn out en masse to protest the legislative approval of gay marriage, but no one is saying much about the divorce rate. If Christians are truly concerned about preserving marriage and the family, they need to take care of the plank of heterosexual divorce before worrying about the speck of homosexual marriage.
I’ve often [though perhaps not clearly] stated my position on gay marriage: fine in the secular world, wrong in the sacred world. You might not agree with me, and many in the Christian mainstream do not. That’s fine.
I may disagree with my Catholic brothers on many things, but their attitudes toward divorce are to my liking. I had a Catholic friend who married a once-divorced woman—she had been Protestant—and they spent a long time trying to get married inside Mother Church. I believe that they finally ended up getting married as Protestants just so they could be married; it seems to me that I did hear from a mutual friend that Mother Church did eventually end approving the annulment of her previous marriage.
Anyhow, I think the basic points of the Relevant article are very much worth reading and understanding, whether you’re Christian or not.
[Hat tip to Michaela.]