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Re: “Lyons: The contraceptive kerfuffle

Just read your article in the 2/23 edition of the PJ Star. Couldn't have said it better. I also married in '67, raised 6 kids Catholic and eventually was ordained a Permanent Deacon for our Diocese in '92. In 2004, my wife died during a heart repair procedure.

A year later, I met and dated a woman whom I would eventually marry. Prior to getting married, in accordance with church Canon law, I petitioned Rome for a dispensation to remarry. Now, keep in mind that in August of 1998, Pope John Paul II made a declaration that if any deacon who is faithfully serving his church loses his spouse and requests remarriage, it shall be allotted to him to do so. We have had such dispensations given in our diocese prior to my request.

Then, along comes Pope Benedict XVI. My petition reaches Rome in October of 2007. February of 2008, I receive a response that reiterates the Canon law dictates which "prohibit an ordained clergy from entering into the sacrament of marriage." I am advised that I in order to remain a deacon, I must also remain celibate. If I wish to remarry, I must seek to be laicized.

Needless to say, I fell into that "church roulette" you spoke of. Today you can, but tomorrow, you can't. Or, vise versa.

I am now happily married and still waiting for the church to "officially" make me a layman.

Thanks for your article.
Blessings to you and yours.
D. Reising

Posted by David Reising on 02/23/2012 at 9:37 AM

 

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