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Do Not Fear Forever
First appeared on 02/25/2014. Insights is also available to members via email delivery.
My title is stolen from Pope Francis' Q&A session on St. Valentine's Day with couples preparing for marriage. I always find these exchanges interesting, and the title makes a good motto not only for marriage but for life.
All the more reason, then, for Phil Lawler to point out the dangerous pressure for change in Church teaching on divorce and remarriage. Not only should we not fear forever; neither should we, as a Church, undermine our commitment to it.
Granted, marriage is not technically forever—it runs only until death—but fidelity to one's wedding vows is the path that leads the largest single number of people to a forever that they can enjoy, well, forever.
That result, of course, requires a deep interior freedom, which enables us to stay a course even when it is opposed by our passions or our culture. This is not unconnected with religious liberty. So Phil is also forced to wonder whether the New York Times thinks religious freedom violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.... [more content for subscribers]