Catholic Doctrine on Divorce and Remarriage: A Practical Theological Examination

Michael G. Lawler, Todd A. Salzman

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Abstract

This essay uses practical theology as a method to investigate the disconnect between church teaching on divorce and remarriage without an annulment and the lived experience of the faithful, and argues for a reformulation of the doctrine. First, it presents the interrelationship between sociology and the sensus fidelium as a methodological framework for doing practical theology; second, it explores the sociological data on divorce and remarriage; third, on the basis of historical-theological justification, it argues for the reformulation of church doctrine; finally, it posits that such reformulation is an authentic methodological and normative development of Catholic tradition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-347
Number of pages22
JournalTheological Studies
Volume78
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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