The learned folks at the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture have taken to posting excerpts from their wonderful texts to match the Sunday Gospel. Here’s part of scholar Mary Healy’s take on Mark 10:9-12 and the indissolubility of marriage:

Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. This statement is radical in two ways. First, it affirms the indissolubility of marriage, a teaching that is as challenging and countercultural today as it was then. Second, it recognizes adultery as an offense that can be committed against a wife. Jewish law and custom had viewed adultery as an offense against a man, whose wife was considered in some sense his property (see Exod 20:17). Jesus acknowledges the total equality of man and woman, and the mutual belonging of husband and wife in marriage.

It brought to mind a new archdiocesan policy on “RCIA and Marriage” that appears in the just-released October edition of the “Clergy Communications” newsletter:

RCIA AND MARRIAGE
In many parishes the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults begins with the academic year and concludes at the Easter Vigil. If that is true, a person should not be admitted to RCIA in that parish if the person is divorced and remarried. Please remember that no one should be admitted to the Rite of Election if that person has an irregular marriage situation. If a person interested in RCIA has been divorced and remarried, usually the necessary tribunal case(s) must be concluded through the appropriate tribunal(s) before the person begins RCIA. Please refer to the Archdiocesan web site for more detailed information. You will find the information on the Tribunal page in the list at the top of the left hand column and on the RCIA page under documents:
http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/evangelization/MarriageStatement.pdf.

In justice to a person seeking to enter the Church and out of respect for the integrity of both the R.C.I.A. and the marriage nullity processes, it is imperative to balance a pastoral approach with fidelity to the law.

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