Volusia, The CDC estimates that one in three women in the U.S. are victims of domestic violence. In many cases the abuser is the victim’s husband. A physically violent or verbally abusive marriage can be difficult to leave no matter what your socio-economic status of faith. But it can be even harder if you’re Catholic and marriage is morally objectionable in the eyes of the church. That may change after new comments from Pope Francis.
In comments made Wednesday, Pope Francis once again surprised Catholics by saying that in some situations divorce can be “morally necessary” and in the best interest of a couple’s children, the Huffington Post reported. And he was specific about what those situations are: “when it comes to saving the weaker spouse, or young children, from more serious injuries caused by intimidation and violence, by humiliation and exploitation, by lack of involvement and indifference.”
Divorce is taboo in the Catholic Church and church members who are divorce are forbidden from communion, a very important rite for Catholics. Church doctrine only allows for annulment which is very difficult and time-consuming to obtain. Most victims of domestic violence or abuse don’t have the time to wait for an annulment.
Speaking to the New York Post Lisa Fullam, associate professor of moral theology at the Graduate Theological Union, said that the Pope’s message sends a signal to some individuals trapped in abusive marriages that their personal safety is more important than doctrine.
This is not the first time the Pope has spoken about the church’s view of divorce. Last fall, a meeting of church leaders called a synod took up the issue of divorcees and whether they should be allowed to receive communion. Bishops didn’t come up with a solid consensus, though they agreed the matter should be decided on an individual basis. They also agreed the church should give divorce doctrines “further consideration.”
There are many issues that can add further complications to the already complex divorce process. Child custody is the main complicating factor and religion is another. When both of these issue intersect a couple may be unable to come up with an agreeable custody arrangements and visitation. Couples can clash on what religion—if any—their child will be raise as and what holidays they will spend with each parent.
To avoid a long and protracted battle, a divorcing couple needs to get sound legal advice to help them with difficult decisions. The divorce attorneys at USAttorneys are willing to answer your questions and can offer their expert advice on how to resolve contentious issues surrounding child custody and religious beliefs.
Our team of divorce attorneys in Volusia, understand the financial and emotional toll divorce can take on a person. Their top priority it will do what it takes to ensure the terms of your divorce and child custody arrangements work in your and your child’s best interest. Call a divorce law firm in Florida today and get the answers you need.