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Cardinal Pell on marriage, divorce, and Henry VIII

February 26, 2015

Cardinal George Pell makes a short, powerful argument against changing the Church’s discipline regarding the divorce and remarriage, in a commentary posted on The Catholic Thing.

After mentioning the clear Scriptural warrant, the “almost complete unanimity of two thousand years of Catholic history,” and the success that the Church enjoyed during periods of strict discipline, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy ends with a rhetorical question:

Were the decisions that followed Henry VIII’s divorce totally unnecessary?


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  • Posted by: - Feb. 26, 2015 10:10 PM ET USA

    Thank You Cardinal Pell for defending the truth!!! We can't escape the truth which has been in existence for thousands of years.

  • Posted by: shrink - Feb. 26, 2015 8:23 PM ET USA

    I would add to Pell's cogent remarks that both John the Baptist ("no greater man was ever-born a woman") and Thomas More each lost their heads over the question of marriage, as the Lord understood it, and as Pell notes it has been taught since the beginning of Christendom. Did both the Baptist and More die in vain? Did the Lord hint at one word that the Baptist died in vain. It's odd, that even the Brits admire More, even if some Catholics think he was a fool after all.