Become Everybody’s Favorite Relative I know a young couple who both have divorced parents. They feel obligated to drive from one house to another throughout the holiday season. The wife’s Mom can’t stand to be in the same room with Dad and his new wife. Ditto for the husband and his parents. Sound familiar? Once… Continue reading Adult Children of Divorce: Holiday Stress Relief Guide
The Lake Charles American Press published an article about state-by-state divorce rates. Louisiana has the fourth highest divorce rate in the country, according to 24/7 Wall Street, a financial news and commentary website. The state rate is 20.8 divorces per 1,000 married couples. Only Arkansas, Idaho and Nevada had higher divorce rates. Oklahoma held down fifth place. The… Continue reading Divorce Rates, State by State
As I said yesterday, Bai Macfarlane has resources available for Catholics who wish to defend their marriages in an annulment proceeding. Her website, Mary’s Advocates, has information and resources. I have a high opinion of Mrs. Macfarlane and her efforts. As far as I know, she is the only person offering assistance to those who… Continue reading More about Bai Macfarlane
Some of my readers are familiar with the very inside-Catholic-baseball question about whether a Catholic is required to get the permission of his or her bishop before filing for a civil divorce. The extensive discussion of my most recent article on Crisis convinces me that people are indeed interested in this topic. To the best… Continue reading Bai Macfarlane and John Farrell
When people learn that I oppose no-fault divorce, some will say, “You have forgotten about abusive marriages.” When the Ruth Institute, the organization that I lead, describes itself as “The World’s Only Campaign to End Family Breakdown,” we hear again, “But what about abusive marriages?” So, let me deal with this important issue. What about abusive… Continue reading But what about abusive marriages?
I hear from many people in various stages of divorce: pre-divorce, post-divorce, going-through-the-middle of divorce, reluctantly divorced people who would like to stay married, people leaving abusive situations that would have qualified for divorce under the strictest definition of “fault.” One question I hear again and again from people in troubled marriages, before or after… Continue reading Why Do I Let Him Treat Me Like This?
I know some of my friends are concerned about Gorsuch describing Obergefell as “absolutely settled law.” I would be more worried except for one thing. As far as I know, no one has a credible case for overturning Obergefell. The conservative Christian legal community does not have a litigation strategy for overturning Obergefell, to the… Continue reading Why I’m not worried about Gorsuch.