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Catholic divorce : the deception of annulments
Hégy, Pierre, 1937-
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New York : Continuum, 2000.
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vi, 230 pages ; 24 cm
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In this volume, theologians, historians and sociologists overhaul the Catholic Church's teaching and practice on divorce and remarriage. There are two major chapters written by Edward Schillebeeckx and the remainder of the text includes Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant perspectives, as well as personal testimonies from a number of persons who have gone through the annulment process.

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Library Journal Review

Coeditors Hegy (sociology, Adelphi Univ.) and Martos (religion, Spalding Univ.) have written four of this collection!s ten studies. Other contributors include a bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church, an Anglican, a Protestant seminary faculty member, a teacher of journalism, and progressive Catholic theologian Edward Schillebeeckx with two essays, one from 1970. One chapter consists of a selection of letters received in response to a call by one of the contributors for church reform on divorce and remarriage, published in 1997 in the National Catholic Reporter and addressed to North American Catholic bishops. The book is generally academic in tone. The editor-essayists attempt to show the changing historical nature and cultural understandings of marriage, suggesting that the church engages in deception by using annulments to circumvent its prohibition on divorce. Though not new, the arguments deserve a hearing. An optional purchase for religion/sociology collections."Anna M. Donnelly, St. John!s Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Catholic Divorce: The Deception of Annulments is a valuable addition to the theology of marriage. Editors Hegy (sociology, Adelphi Univ., NY) and Martos (religious studies, Spalding Univ., KY), who both contribute to the collection, bring together ten essays that collectively argue for a reconsideration of annulments as the Catholic Church's response to marital dissolution. The most compelling and moving section of the book is the second installment, which includes a set of letters sent to the National Catholic Reporter in response to a request for stories concerned with annulment. The connection between real people's lived experience of the annulment process and the theology behind annulments makes this work a welcome shift from previous writings on the theology of marriage and annulments. The collection concludes with a jointly written article by the editors, which summarizes each of the chapters and argues that the Catholic Church's position on annulments is one that breeds deception. The book should be on the shelves of any Catholic college or university. It is also a helpful addition to the collection of any institution whose students attempt to understand the history of and contemporary struggle over the practice of annulment. D. J. Livingston; Mercyhurst College