Rejects idea that divorced means "bad" - Catholic Courier

Rejects idea that divorced means “bad”

To the editor:

I would like to respond to the letter in which Henry Korytkowski says he is worried that the Catholic voters of the United States may vote for Sen. John Kerry because he is Catholic not realizing that he is divorced and remarried. Since when is someone a “bad” Catholic because he/she is divorced and remarried. Following this line of thinking, does that also make them a “bad” person? Does Mr. Korytkowski realize that a divorced person may not be the one who initiated the divorce, but maybe the one who the divorce was laid upon? Let’s not judge, lest we be judged.

I was raised Catholic, went through 12 years of Catholic education and Mass every Sunday. I have never been in trouble with the law, have a college education and good to my Catholic roots, do not believe in abortion or the death penalty. I was married to a Catholic man who later saw other opportunities and divorced me. By Mr. Korytkowski’s line of thinking, I am a “bad” Catholic.

I am now remarried and my Lutheran husband and I have found a Catholic church that accepts both of us. I am tired of being judged because I have been divorced. Shouldn’t we accept each other for the person we are and how we treat others and not on the circumstances of our lives?

I know when I die I will be accepted into the most loving and forgiving arms imaginable, those of God.

Susan D’Arienzo

Pemberton Road



EDITOR’S NOTE: Regarding questions from other readers: According to reports in secular media, Kerry’s first marriage was annulled by the church in 1995.

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