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Illinois father of 5 ordained to priesthood following annulment

May 25, 2010

A 57-year-old father of five whose marriage had been annulled was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Belleville by Bishop Edward Braxton on May 22. A onetime lay employee of the diocesan education department, Father Dale Maxfield was appointed pastoral life coordinator of a parish. “It was at this time that his marriage began to fall apart and the life he had created as a husband and father,” according to the diocesan newspaper.


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  • Posted by: tmsharel5764 - May. 26, 2010 11:20 PM ET USA

    If lack of due discretion, the most common reason in the U.S. for nullities, was the ground, he had to be either insane or retarded according to former Rota judge Cardinal Egan, "The nullity of marriage for reason of insanity or lack of due discretion of judgement." That doesn't make him a good candidate for the priesthood. But if evidence used by American tribunalists was the reason, that also doesn't make him a good candidate. "Judging invalidity the American Way,” Homiletic and Pastoral Re

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 26, 2010 8:59 PM ET USA

    If there was a valid, consummated marriage, then how could it be annulled? And left unreported was the impediment which supplied this putative marriage with its reason for a declaration of nullity. If, in his 20's or 30's there was a lack of due discretion, the most common reason in the U.S., let us hope that due discretion has been acquired with the passage of time so his Holy Orders are valid.