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Marriage and divorce

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 Contents - Oct 2009AD2000 October 2009 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Anglican Communion's moment of truth - Michael Gilchrist
Priestly Identity: Renewing the priesthood in the Year for Priests - Fr Anthony Denton
News: The Church Around the World
Community Life: 'Progressive' leadership and the demise of religious life - Br Paul Macrossan
Youth: RISE: restoring integrity and sexual ethics to Australia's secular culture - Br Barry Coldrey
Episcopacy: Bishop Luc Matthys: on being a bishop - Bishop Luc Matthys of Armidale
Poetry: A Morning Poem - Bruce Dawe
Seminary Life: Spiritual direction at Sydney's Good Shepherd Seminary - Fr Paul Glynn SM
FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH: Cutting edge moral issues for the third millennium - Br Barry Coldrey
Priesthood: Why the Catholic Church cannot ordain women - Kathleen Wood OAM
Letters: Liturgy reform - Paul Martin
Letters: Healthy families - John Carty
Letters: Marriage and divorce - Arnold Jago
Letters: Christian divisions - Jack Blair
Letters: Galileo debate - David Walker
Letters: Prayer for Priests - John Schmid
Letters: Thanks from India - Fr. S. John Joseph
Books: THE QUEST FOR SHAKESPEARE, by Joseph Pearce - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: THE CASE FOR CHRISTIANITY: St Justin Martyr on Religious Liberty, Robert Haddad - Br Michael McMurray CCS
Books: AFTER THE HEART OF GOD, by Bishop Julian Porteous - Br Michael McMurray CCS (reviewer)
Update: The 2009 Fighting Fund
Books: This month's selection from AD Books
Reflection: The Mass: priest and people offer sacrifice - Bishop Edward Slattery

Last year, 2008, Australia's divorce rate fell to only 2.2 divorces per 1000 population, the lowest in 20 years. Marriages increased 2.1 percent, to a yearly total of 118,756 per year.

Marriages are lasting longer than before. In 1989 the typical time from marriage to divorce was 10.2 years - now it's 12.6 years.

That's the good news.

Not so good news is that the proportion of couples living together before marriage is now 77 percent. If such living-together couples eventually do marry, most are more likely to end up divorcing.

By living together unmarried they've proved that marriage means little to them; so if things get a bit tough, they tend to give up on it.

Whose job is it to warn young people that non-marriage "relationships" ruin both one's own life and that of one's "partner" - and especially that of any poor children who have turned up?

Let's hope Catholic schools are doing this job. Few others are likely to.

Mildura, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 22 No 9 (October 2009), p. 14

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