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Costigane, Helen (2008) Dignitas connubii: greater fairness in Declarations of Nullity? Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 10 (2), pp. 191-197. [Journal Article]

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1017/S0956618X0800118X
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    Shattered Faith is the story of Sheila Rauch Kennedy's marriage and divorce from Congressman Joe Kennedy, a member of one of the best known families in the United States of America. Married in 1979 in a Catholic Church, Mr Kennedy was a Catholic while Mrs Kennedy remained an Episcopalian. Twin sons were born in 1980 and baptised as Catholics, with godparents from both Christian churches. The marriage began to unravel when Mr Kennedy was elected to Congress. Separation in 1989 was followed by divorce because of ‘irreconcilable differences’. In 1993, Mrs Kennedy received notification from the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Boston, informing her of the petition lodged by her former husband to have the marriage declared null on the grounds of lack of due discretion of judgement (though whose lack of due discretion is not made clear). Shocked, and while willing to acknowledge that the marriage had failed (evidenced in a divorce), she could not accept that it had never existed as a sacrament.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Ecclesiastical Law Journal
    Department: Pastoral and Social Studies
    Depositing User: Dr Helen Costigane
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 14:56
    Last Modified: 17 Nov 2016 12:37
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/151

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