What God Has Joined Together: The Annulment Crisis in American Catholicism

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780195107647: What God Has Joined Together: The Annulment Crisis in American Catholicism
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The recent controversy over Joe Kennedy's annulment gave only a glimpse of American Catholicism's open secret: that contrary to official Catholic doctrine, American churches grant annulments wholesale, freely declaring marriages nonexistent so that one or both partners can remarry in the church.
The United States is home to only 6% of the world's Catholics, Robert Vasoli points out, but it now accounts for 75% of all Church annulments, two-thirds of which are granted on ostensibly psychological grounds. The real scandal, though, is not simply the numbers, but that Church marriage courts annul thousands of marriages that are actually valid according to Catholic teaching. Drawing on considerable research, the author details precisely how these courts let divorced Catholics--and many non-Catholics as well--bypass Catholic teaching and law. He shows, for instance, how they often help petitioners manufacture grounds for annulment, which are justified with specious psychological reasoning that are counter to the letter and spirit of canon law. Indeed, it may even be alleged that "lack of emotional maturity" at the time of the wedding can invalidate marriages that have lasted 30 years. The result has been a tidal wave: in 1968, the American church granted fewer than 600 annulments; today it hands out more than 60,000 a year. But Rome has not smiled on the performance of U.S. tribunals: of those psychological annulments appealed to the Roman Rota (the Vatican's highest marriage tribunal), more than 90% are overturned.
This revealing look at annulment weaves painstaking analysis with a wealth of evidence as it illuminates the degree to which the U.S. Church has gone its own way since Vatican II on what constitutes valid marriage.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Robert Vasoli is a retired Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. He is frequently consulted by the media and by laypersons on the issue of annulment. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.

From Library Journal:

Vasoli (retired, sociology, Univ. of Notre Dame) submits a severe critique of Catholic annulment as practiced by the Church's American tribunals. The book's running title, "Tearing Asunder," is indicative of the caustic tone underlying his thorough academic documentation. Prompted by his personal experience, the author reviews the effects of doctrinal, canonical, and pastoral developments since Vatican II and the psychologization of the system in the United States. He concludes that the scales have tipped to favor annulment based on defective consent (which precludes the existence of a valid marriage) rather than the preservation of an inviolable marriage bond as was traditionally taught. This unique study on church marriage tribunals (not on marriage in the Catholic Church) offers a balancing conservative analysis the author hopes American canonists will heed. Recommended for Catholic collections, especially those covering canon law.?Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Robert H. Vasoli
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (1998)
ISBN 10: 0195107640 ISBN 13: 9780195107647
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0195107640

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 42.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Vasoli, Robert H., USA
Published by Oxford University Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 0195107640 ISBN 13: 9780195107647
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780195107647_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 46.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.37
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Vasoli, Robert H.
Published by OUP USA (1998)
ISBN 10: 0195107640 ISBN 13: 9780195107647
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA, 1998. HRD. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days.THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IP-9780195107647

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 54.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Vasoli, Robert H.
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195107640 ISBN 13: 9780195107647
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0195107640 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0039251

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Vasoli, Robert H.
Published by OUP USA (1998)
ISBN 10: 0195107640 ISBN 13: 9780195107647
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA, 1998. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our US warehouse in 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND.Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IP-9780195107647

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 57.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.52
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Vasoli, Robert H.
Published by Oxford University Press (2018)
ISBN 10: 0195107640 ISBN 13: 9780195107647
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2018. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 0195107640

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 69.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Robert H. Vasoli
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (1998)
ISBN 10: 0195107640 ISBN 13: 9780195107647
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 1998. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Catholicism teaches that marriage is for life; divorced Catholics are forbidden to remarry. Annulment is the only way around this prohibition, but until recently annulments were extremely rare. Since Vatican II, however, there has been an astonishing increase in the number of annulments in the USA. This book explores how and why the American system became geared to the mass-production of annulments. Pathbreaking and provocative, it will be of intense interest to clergy and laity alike, and to all who are concerned with the state of the Church today. Seller Inventory # APC9780195107647

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 72.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Robert H. Vasoli
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (1998)
ISBN 10: 0195107640 ISBN 13: 9780195107647
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 1998. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Catholicism teaches that marriage is for life; divorced Catholics are forbidden to remarry. Annulment is the only way around this prohibition, but until recently annulments were extremely rare. Since Vatican II, however, there has been an astonishing increase in the number of annulments in the USA. This book explores how and why the American system became geared to the mass-production of annulments. Pathbreaking and provocative, it will be of intense interest to clergy and laity alike, and to all who are concerned with the state of the Church today. Seller Inventory # APC9780195107647

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 74.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Robert H. Vasoli
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195107640 ISBN 13: 9780195107647
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 264 pages. Dimensions: 9.5in. x 6.4in. x 1.0in.The recent controversy over Joe Kennedys annulment gave only a glimpse of American Catholicisms open secret: that contrary to official Catholic doctrine, American churches grant annulments wholesale, freely declaring marriages nonexistent so that one or both partners can remarry in the church. The United States is home to only 6 of the worlds Catholics, Robert Vasoli points out, but it now accounts for 75 of all Church annulments, two-thirds of which are granted on ostensibly psychological grounds. The real scandal, though, is not simply the numbers, but that Church marriage courts annul thousands of marriages that are actually valid according to Catholic teaching. Drawing on considerable research, the author details precisely how these courts let divorced Catholics--and many non-Catholics as well--bypass Catholic teaching and law. He shows, for instance, how they often help petitioners manufacture grounds for annulment, which are justified with specious psychological reasoning that are counter to the letter and spirit of canon law. Indeed, it may even be alleged that lack of emotional maturity at the time of the wedding can invalidate marriages that have lasted 30 years. The result has been a tidal wave: in 1968, the American church granted fewer than 600 annulments; today it hands out more than 60, 000 a year. But Rome has not smiled on the performance of U. S. tribunals: of those psychological annulments appealed to the Roman Rota (the Vaticans highest marriage tribunal), more than 90 are overturned. This revealing look at annulment weaves painstaking analysis with a wealth of evidence as it illuminates the degree to which the U. S. Church has gone its own way since Vatican II on what constitutes valid marriage. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Hardcover. Seller Inventory # 9780195107647

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 79.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Vasoli, Robert H.
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195107640 ISBN 13: 9780195107647
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0195107640 Special order direct from the distributor. Seller Inventory # ING9780195107647

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 82.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book