Roman Catholics: Second Thoughts on Second Marriages

A devout Roman Catholic is abandoned by his wife. Unable to live a celibate life, he eventually remarries outside the church. He and his new wife live exemplary Christian lives and bring up their children in the Catholic faith. Nonetheless, they cannot receive the sacraments. According to church law, their marriage is invalid, and they are thus living in a state of mortal sin.

Such cases are common in an age of increasing divorce. In the current issue of Marriage magazine, an article by French Priest-Psychologist Ignace Lepp suggests that it is time for the church to do...