September 25, 2015
WHO BETTER TO talk to Catholics about divorce than a three-time divorcee who describes herself as a devout Catholic? Lately, anyway. Speaker Rose Sweet's story proves there's no "sell by date" for redemption and forgiveness by the church. She was assigned the topic, "I Am with You: Struggling with Divorce," by the World Meeting of Families. The "I" in the title refers to God. I chose to sit in on this talk because, like Sweet, I am a three-time marital loser. Divorce is a catastrophic event in the lives of most who have had one, but possibly more so for Catholics, whose faith prohibits it. Before the question period, which kicked some sand into the gears, Sweet gave some road-tested advice on how you can help someone else get through it. She offered four steps: listen, lead, love and let go. Listen means listen to the person, hear the pain.
September 10, 2015 |
Pope Francis' new policies for streamlining marriage annulments for Catholics are "revolutionary," says the judicial vicar for the Diocese of Camden. "What it does in terms of shaving months off the process is just jaw-dropping," the Rev. David Klein said Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the Vatican announced that Francis had issued special orders making it faster, easier, and cheaper - even free where possible - for Catholics seeking to have their marriages annulled. The Catholic Church does not permit divorced persons to remarry in the church unless a church tribunal has determined that their first marriage was invalid, or "null.
September 9, 2015 |
The Vatican on Tuesday is expected to announce what could be the most sweeping changes in decades to annulments, a church-sanctioned process to end Catholic marriages that has been criticized as lengthy, expensive, and confusing. Experts say the changes likely make the process easier and more accessible, with the ultimate aim of bringing some Catholics back to the church. Catholics who remarry without an annulment are forbidden from receiving Holy Communion - a rule that causes some Catholics and their children to fall away from the church.
November 27, 2013 |
IF ONLY Tattle could be this adept at predicting the stock market. Yesterday's final item, dealing with the Las Vegas marriage of Francesca Eastwood ( Clint 's daughter) and Jordan Feldstein ( Jonah Hill 's brother) ended with "Tattle will be surprised if this one lasts a year. " Well . . . make that a week. TMZ.com reports that 20-year-old Francesca is reportedly looking to get the marriage annulled. Francesca and music manager Jordan, 35, who looks a little like Jonah before he lost all the weight, reportedly had a booze-fueled "wild night in Vegas," which ended up at a chapel with an Elvis impersonator, according to Us Weekly . Francesca, however, says that she doesn't drink, a denial, which, if true, makes her decision-making even more questionable.
April 19, 2013
DEAR HARRY: I was married in 1963. It was a stormy marriage right from day one. I was getting a divorce in 1969 when I discovered that he was already married to at least one other woman in Florida. The whole fiasco ended in an annulment. I have totally lost touch with him so I have no idea if he is still married, or even if he's still alive. I am now 67 and receiving Social Security, and I was wondering if there is some way I can get some of his Social Security. I'm fairly certain that it's a lot larger than mine.
May 11, 2012 |
Just as Reese Witherspoon has found some romantic stability in her own life, her parents situation — perfect for reality TV — may muck it all up. Reese's mom, Mary Elizabeth Witherspoon has filed a petition of annulment to wipe out her husband's recent second marriage. She says John Drake Witherspoon is still married to her and his second wife may be taking advantage of his mental condition. The Witherspoons have been separated since 1996, but remain married and still attends family functions together, including Reese's March 2011 marriage.
March 24, 2008 |
Horton hears a cash register ring Audiences are still listening to Horton and his pals. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who, the animated adaptation of the beloved children's book, remained the top movie for a second straight weekend with $25.1 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. Featuring the voices of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell - two actors who straddle the live and animation worlds - the movie raised its 10-day take to $85.5 million, and fended off a rush of movies opening over Easter weekend.
November 24, 2007 |
Her career in disgrace and a possible prison sentence looming, Marion Jones can no longer even take solace in seeing her name beside her greatest feats in the record books. What's more, track and field's governing body also wants Jones - who insists she is broke - to pay back about $700,000 of her winnings. The International Association of Athletics Federation yesterday annulled all of her results dating to September 2000, including her Olympic and world championship titles, because of doping and told her to return her prize money from that period.
December 26, 2004 |
This former Soviet republic is bracing for election-day violence today, as the rerun of a nasty, personal presidential campaign comes to a close. "We're certainly expecting violent actions," said Mykola Katerynchuk, a senior aide to pro-Western challenger Viktor Yushchenko. "We have reports that the other side is preparing groups of young men . . . to cause problems. " When Yushchenko lost to pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych in their two-man runoff Nov. 21, the United States and Western Europe quickly assailed the election as a flagrant example of Soviet-style electoral fraud.
April 19, 2004 |
THE NEW YORK POST's Page Six is reporting that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who've been secretly spotted together in public just about everywhere, planned to go public with their togetherness at last night's L.A. premiere of "Man on Fire. " Lopez's rep, Rob Shuter, said, "We don't comment on her private life. " Tattle begs to differ. All Lopez's reps do is comment on her private life. When she's seeing someone they deny it. When she's not seeing someone they leak that she is. And then they deny it. Welcome back, Jen. MTV hits the beach MTV will take its over-hyped, rarely as outrageous as it wants to be Video Music Awards to Miami this year.