Religion: Let Man Put Asunder?

Sandra Gail Dolley, 28, of Ludlow, Mass., is a practicing Roman Catholic who once taught catechism at her parish in Springfield. She was married in a Catholic ceremony in 1970—just as her husband began his Army service. By early 1972 the couple had separated. A priest advised Sandra to seek an annulment* but the local diocese decided there was not enough evidence to justify one. In January 1973 the couple got a civil divorce. Later that year, when Sandra began to think seriously about marrying again, she stopped receiving Communion because by remarrying she would automatically incur excommunication. Priests were sympathetic,...

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