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Words and Bonds

“The purpose of this paper is to discuss the bond of marriage. I shall ask whether one can hold both that marriage is a life-long union and that remarriage after the irretrievable breakdown of a first marriage should not be ruled out; in other words, I shall ask whether there can be a middle way between indissolubility and plain dissolubility. I shall examine some implications of Roman Catholic teaching and of the report, Marriage, Divorce and the Church. …

“There are three sections to my paper: the first gives a sketch of Roman Catholic teaching on indissolubility and starts with some remarks about nullity and its relation to the principle of indissolubility; and the second examines some implications of the Report‘s views and includes some discussion of the notion of an ontological bond; the final section deals with implications of Roman Catholic teaching and practice, again with some comments on the notion of an ontological bond.”

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Author(s): Michael Sharratt

Event: ARCCM: Scripture and the nature of nullity, Haywards Heath, England, 9-13 April 1973

Protocol number: ARCCM-20
Fonds/Collections: ARCCM (Study papers)
Lambeth Library: CFR/6/3/7/186A/20

To cite this document:
Michael Sharratt. "Words and Bonds", ARCCM-20. Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue, accessed 15 Oct. 2021.
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