The Catholic Church is starting to reevaluate the strictness of the annulment process. With the high divorce rate in the United States the number of Catholics requesting annulments has increased as well. What concerns the Catholic Church especially in the United States is that the two thirds of the annulments that are given out by the Church are being given out in the United States where the Catholic population makes up only six percent of the total Catholic population. The concern that the Church has on the issue of annulments is a valid concern since that over half of the annulments of the whole Church are being given out to such a small fraction of the total Catholic population. The fact of the matter is that I believe the Church should reevaluate when it gives out annulments because the sacrament of marriage is something that should be treated seriously and it needs to work with couples that are looking to get an annulment to see whether or not there are ways to reconcile. I understand there are obvious cases where annulment is necessary such as cases of abuse or where there is harm to both parties. The Church needs to continue to reassert the seriousness of the commitment of marriage in a society where marriage is treated as something not necessarily permanent.
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The Catholics Come Home Campaign is a non-profit organization that ran its first TV ad campaign in 1998. The focus of this organization is to educate and evangelize using modern media and broadcast them across the United States and the World. The hope is to use modern media to bring inactive Catholics back to the Catholic Church to live a deeper life with Christ. Now that the campaign has been around for fourteen years it is important to reevaluate the campaign and see whether or not this campaign is actually a step forward in the age of social media and other various media outlets. As a young college Catholic who has grown up in the age of the .COM and the social media boom I think the premise of Catholics Come Home is a great step forward. In the modern world because of the rich ancient tradition of the Catholic Church the Church can come across sometimes as a Church that is outdated in the world of technology. In some ways this is true that being the way it evangelizes the Word of God and the life of Christ. The actual teachings and traditions of the Church are not the aspects of the Church that are in need of updating but instead it is the method of getting across this message that needs to be updated. Blessed Pope John Paul II understood this need within the Church as he stated, “Using the media correctly and competently can lead to a genuine enculturation of the Gospel”. In my opinion the Catholics Come Home Campaign does just that, it uses media as a way of connecting in a new way with a generation that relies on getting its information from television and the Internet. The next step I believe is for the campaign to grow and expand using social media as a means of getting the message across in addition to the other media outlets. If it embraces these various outlets I believe it could really have a drastic effect on educating and evangelizing people of the Catholic faith.
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The purpose of this blog will be to make commentary on contemporary Catholic religious topics. I will post an article of something that is a hot topic in the Catholic Community and make personal commentary on the article.
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