Pope Francis ‘Sounds Like a No-Fault Divorce Lawyer’ in Speech to Canon Law Experts

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The Pope appears to think it is problematic for the children to observe a parent refraining from receiving Communion who is manifestly in an adulterous relationship.

By Bai Macfarlane, LifeSiteNews, Mar 2, 2021

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March 2, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Every year, the Pope gives an address to judges of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota to which any marriage annulment case could be appealed. This year, Pope Francis sounds like a no-fault divorce lawyer when he raises concerns about the defendant “who does not accept the declaration,” and says that children “should not be treated as a means of blackmail between divided parents.”

In no-fault divorce, the defendant who wants to keep an intact home is criticized for being controlling and not accepting the divorce. The civil authorities don’t care about defendants’ plea for the other spouse to cooperate with experts to help strengthen the marriage. Divorce courts generally demand that children go back and forth between separated households. The defendant who wants to protect children from this massive instability is shamed for not having an amicable divorce and accused of being the bitter partner using custody of children as emotional blackmail over the other person.  …

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