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Friday, February 24, 2017
Divorced Catholics celebrate
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 Members of the Association of Separated and Divorced Catholics from groups all over the country, attended a National Conference in Birmingham which celebrated twenty years since the Association's foundation. We were also pleased to welcome a number of separated or divorced Catholics who did not belong to our groups. The principal speakers were Fr Tim Buckley and Dr Jack Dominian. Fr Buckley spoke of the pain and suffering we have all faced, and encouraged us to continue in ministering the compassion of Christ to those who need love and support. Dr Dominian talked about the various grounds for nullity, and the need for a wider psychological perspective to be employed. He emphasised his support for the Christian aim of life long fidelity and the maintenance of commitment, but pointed out that, beyond marriage preparation, the Church offered little in support of marriage. Newman College, the venue for the conference, provided comfortable rooms for our lectures and workshops, and excellent food for lunch and supper. Two experienced and qualified people ran a crèche for all the children present. This was so successful that some were reluctant to leave and go to lunch and others asked to return after Mass in the Chapel, by which time it was closed! The sunny, warm weather added to the joy of the day. Supper was followed by a Barn Dance, which ended the evening on a cheerful note. The Association of Separated and Divorced Catholics National Helpline number is: 0113 264 0638 You can visit their website through our links pages or click on:
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