May 22, 1986
As a recent victim of the Roman Catholic Church's annulment proceedings, I feel bound by conscience to expand upon the May 8 article "After divorce, annulment. " Petitioners motivated by self-interest make their own selection of trumped up and incoherent charges and open-ended incriminations to be directed to respondents. Petitioners provide secret testimony toward respondents who are not permitted by a secret tribunal to have access to these "testimonies. " Additionally petitioners are allowed and encouraged to produce secret witnesses, who, themselves, provide further secret, incriminating "testimonies" in corroboration with petitioners' "testimonies.
March 9, 2000 |
Well, it's official. Darva and Rick are going splitsville. The anticipated end to their less-than-fairy-tale marriage in front of 23 million riveted viewers of the "Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire?" extravaganza is imminent. Darva Conger, 34, has filed for an annulment, saying that her quickie marriage to Rick Rockwell, 42, was a fraud and that he never mentioned he had "a history of problems" with women. Conger's life took another dip this week when she was fired from her job as an emergency room nurse at a Los Angeles hospital.
April 4, 1992 |
Princess Caroline is off the marital hook after getting an annulment March 24, the German newspaper Blick has reported. It quoted a statement from the Sacra Rota, Vatican's ruling body, saying: "The marriage of the princess will be annulled. " Confirmation could not be obtained immediately from the Vatican Embassy's press office in Washington. The Monaco palace is mum. Caroline has been seeking the Catholic Church's dissolution of her union with Philippe Junot for 12 years. It means her children by her deceased husband, Stefano Casiraghi, would now be considered legitimate by the church.
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.
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.
April 23, 1997 |
It certainly looked like a real marriage. Here was young Sheila Rauch, daughter of the Main Line, in lacy-white, fairly brimming with hope and expectation, her marriage vows - spoken in the sanctuary of a Catholic Church - so fresh on her lips she could still taste their sweetness, and on her arm, oh my, a Kennedy, Joseph 2d, scion of celebrity, son of ambition. It was as if the angels in heaven were patting each other on the back and smiling with satisfaction - "Do we know how to make a marriage or what?"
May 19, 1998 |
Despite four marriages and three divorces, Frank Sinatra was a Roman Catholic in good standing and is entitled to a full church funeral, the archdiocese of Los Angeles said yesterday. Although he married his first wife, Nancy Barbato, in a religious ceremony in 1939, and had three children with her, Sinatra obtained an annulment of that marriage. The annulment was granted more than 25 years after Sinatra's 1951 divorce from Nancy. A spokesman for the archdiocese said the singer's subsequent weddings to, and divorces from, Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow would not preclude him from receiving the sacraments since they were civil actions unrecognized by the church.
January 6, 2004 |
A shocked nation struggles to sort it all out. Maybe it was a game of nuptial chicken, an "I'll-do-it-if-you-will" dare that veered off the rails. Perhaps it was a reeling, wee-hour lurch down the aisle, a lubricated ritual with Jim Beam as best man. Whatever the reason, pop star Britney Spears' 5:30 a.m. marriage at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on Saturday - and her application for annulment within 12 hours - has sealed her divadom and earned her a reputation as an all-time celebrity flake.
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.
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.