From the Washington Post:
“Among Christians, Catholics are substantially less likely than Protestants to get divorced, according to a 2004 study by the Barna Group, a religious research organization. Among Catholics, it found, 25 percent have had a divorce, compared with 39 percent of Protestants. (Among the largest Protestant groups, Pentecostals were most likely to get divorced, and Presbyterians were the least likely, the study found.”
The study neglected to investigate whether Catholics are more or less happy than their Protestant counterparts in their marriages. Since Catholics can’t escape and all. I mean they’re trapped. I mean they’re bound to their partners in the sacrament of marriage and risk “committing a grave offense against the natural law” if they were to leave. Could God’s smite scare a person into remaining in an unhealthy marriage? Here, the study is unclear.
What is it about Catholicism that leads people to remain married? Is it the church’s extensive teachings on sexuality and marriage? Is the church more efficient in drawing its families into the church community? Or does it use spiritual scare tactics? And what about the distance between the teachers and the taught:
Does the vantage point that celibacy grants allow the church institutional to make more clear pronouncements on the nature of sexuality and marriage?
Or are these teachings rendered irrelevant by the distance between the lives of those who develop the theology and the lives that are affected by the theology?
Yes thank you celibate men who will never be married for telling me, a woman who desires to be married, how I should behave within my relationship.
And thank you, group of Presidential Candidates, who are 95.6% male, for letting the world know what women should do about their unplanned pregnancies. Your political maneuvers are really improving the situation for women.
Ideals are crucial in the development of the human soul. Being a soul myself, I am motivated, improved and challenged by these lofty calls to holiness and virtue and prudence.
But we live in a broken, fallen world. And what happens then?
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