Roman Catholics: New Thinking on Divorce

The new frame of mind of the Roman Catholic Church—its fresh awareness of living in a pluralistic world and its strengthened commitment to the liberty of man's conscience—is softening its historic opposition to easier civil divorce laws. In New York, the state legislature is about to enact, with Catholic acquiescence, the first reform bill since the 1787 passage of a statute that permits divorce only on grounds of adultery. Speaking through their Albany lobbyist, Charles Tobin Jr., New York's bishops made it clear that they would not use their spiritual authority to...

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