SPAIN: The WSJ had a post a couple of days ago about Pope Benedict XVI and his visit to Spain, a country he apparently thinks has become too “secular.” Among other “evils” such as gay marriage and abortions, rising divorce rates and the “fast-track” divorce laws seem to be a big beef with the Pope. WSJ:
BARCELONA, Spain—Pope Benedict XVI strongly defended traditional families and the rights of the unborn Sunday, attacking Spanish laws that allow gay marriage, fast-track divorce and easier abortions as he dedicated Barcelona’s iconic basilica, the Sagrada Família.
It was the second time in as many days that Pope Benedict had criticized the policies of Spain’s Socialist government and called for Europe as a whole to rediscover Christian teachings and apply them to everyday life.
As he headed to the basilica, about 200 gays and lesbians staged a “kiss-in” to protest his visit and church policies that consider homosexual acts “intrinsically disordered.” …
It seems to me, from a very cursory reading of the Spanish Civil Code – Family Law section – that Spain is NOT a no fault jurisdiction. I didn’t see anything that says “irreconcilable differences” in it. Nor did I see anything that could be inferred to mean irreconcilable differences. I stand to be corrected, of course. But it seems the parties either have to consent mutually, or grounds such as “separation” have to be shown….but so long as parties have been married at least three months, it appears they can file for divorce. I guess that is what the Pope means by “fast-tracked”?
Well, read the rest of the article on WSJ and make your own conclusions.
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