Religion: Marriage Bans

Although the Roman Catholic Church's sanctions against divorce and remarriage are written into church law, their exact application varies according to diocese. In Providence, R.I. last week, Bishop Russell J. McVinney gave the people of his diocese one of the most severe interpretations of divorce laws yet laid down. Among them: ¶Catholic lawyers are forbidden "under pain of mortal sin" to represent plaintiffs in suits for separation, divorce or annulment of a marriage performed by a Catholic priest, unless they obtain prior permission of their bishop.

¶Catholics may not be present at marriages "attempted" by a Catholic before a non-Catholic clergyman or...

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