Bai Macfarlane takes on “Catholic” Divorce Lawyers

As part of her crusade to fight “no fault” divorce in our legal system and the rampant abuse of annulments in the church, Bai Macfarlane is calling on her ordinary, the Most Rev. Richard G. Lennon, bishop of Cleveland, OH, to speak out against professed Catholics who work as divorce lawyers, judges and court psychologists. Many people who serve as extraordinary ministers of communion on Sundays make their living by facilitating the grave sin of divorce. Yet the Church does not speak out against them or against the no-fault system, even though Catholic doctrine clearly condemns divorce.

Some of these charlatans even have the nerve to claim that that the Church has “no problems” with divorce!

Under Canon 915, these divorce practitioners should be excommunicated.


5 responses to “Bai Macfarlane takes on “Catholic” Divorce Lawyers

  1. I admire her gumption but the Catholic Church is committed to corruption regarding marriages. She is casting pearls before swine and she is knee deep
    in a huge sty of the Catholic hierarchy. More pork in their than the recent stimulus package and just as much dirty politics fronting no morals.

  2. I hope she keeps it up. Somebody has to do it. A priest told me once that he thought that the misuse of annulments are as big a scandal within the church as the sale of indulgences were in the 16th century.

  3. the Church is between a rock and hard place in regards to divorce. The Church can’t outright condemn those who are in the “divorce business” because sometimes they are representing the INNOCENT parties. I imagine that Bai had attorneys working for her when her stupid husband divorced her. Should her attorneys be condemned by the Church? Or, how about the woman who seeks a divorce from her abusive husband or from her homosexual husband? Just separating doesn’t ensure financial support for the spouse and children.

    Should the attorneys that represent people who validly seek a divorce be condemned by the Church? There are valid reasons to seek a divorce and there are valid reasons to have legal representation when a divorce is being forced upon you.

    I agree that Catholics should be discouraged from helping divorces that are being sought for sinful reasons…such as to be free to be with a new love. And, that Catholics should encourage trial separations and marriage counseling to re-unite the family.

  4. Of course, “divorce being forced upon you” is the operative case, as in the MacFarlane situation.
    And why should a woman divorce a homosexual husband any more than an adulterous husband? Ever read Hosea?

    I know that abuse is a tough call in our world the way it is, but, in an ideal situation, a Christian marriage involving abuse should emphasize rehabilitation of the abuser, not divorce.

    You’re right that it isn’t as cut-and-dried as it seems, but she’s talking about people who rubber stamp divorces. I plan to get my degree in MFT as soon as I can get a couple other steps worked out first, and I realize that may put me in a situation to advise divorce, but the goal should be to keep couples together.

  5. FormerlyAbusedWife

    I just HAVE to reply to the following statement:

    “I know that abuse is a tough call in our world the way it is, but, in an ideal situation, a Christian marriage involving abuse should emphasize rehabilitation of the abuser, not divorce.”

    That’s a wonderful sentiment, but the truth is, most abusers cannot be rehabbed. It is DANGEROUS to assume that most of them CAN BE. People need to tread very carefully when discussing victimes of domestic violence. If you haven’t spent time in a shelter with your children, hiding from a husband who is on a violent rampage, then you need to speak with people who have. Be very careful and prudent about advice you give in this area, because it can be easy to be idealistic and end up encouraging someone to stay in a truly abusive and violent situation.

    I say all this as someone WHO HAS spent time in a shelter with my children, who HAS had to obtain orders of protection, WHO HAS had to have my husband sent to batterer’s groups, who HAS spent time in domestic violence support groups, and WHO IS a very orthodox Catholic. My marriage was entered into with the best of intentions. We prayed the rosary daily and I am a daily mass attender. We never contracepted, etc. – nonetheless, I found myself and my children in a very dangerous situation, surrounded by idealistic people who advised me to “pray harder and offer it up.” Thanks be to God, the Lord directed me to a safe haven.

    That having been said, the Lord did work a miracle, and so far, my husband has been safe enough for us to reconcile. After lots of batterer’s counseling and individual therapy, and many rosaries and masses, he is doing better. But I know other devout Catholic women- faithful to the Church’s teachings and very prayerful who did NOT have the same result.

    If you are going to get your degree in MFT, then I BEG YOU to spend time doing internship work at a local domestic violence support group– perhaps a semester. That will help you to inform your work.

    God bless you.

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