July 8, 2012
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The Hungarian Catholic Church is humiliating an atheist woman for her divorced (non-church!) marriage with a protestant man. The reason is that the ex-husband, who left his wife just when they were planning to have children, wants to marry the woman he left his wife for. And as this woman is a strong believer, she wants to marry in church (there is no information on whether she is religious enough not to have sex before marriage). But to get married catholically, the Hungarian Catholic Church insists on nullifying the groom’s former marriage, although that was a purely civil marriage followed by a peaceful divorce settlement a few years ago, where the wife was the plaintiff, since it was the husband who left her.
Some years later, she was summoned by the ‘court’ of the bishop of Esztergom as a culprit, accused of the crime of false marriage vows. Proof: at the beginning of their relationship she said she’d rather have a dog than children. The circumstance that they got married later and that she changed her mind (to the extent that they signed up for a programme where in exchange for financial assistance in building a house the couple is required to produce children within a set deadline) didn’t count – after a series of intimate and degrading questioning (including when she was using what type of contraception), she was ‘convicted’ of falsehood and lying when she got married because the aim of her marriage was not reproduction.
Of course the woman committed a mistake: she didn’t tell the Catholic ‘court’ to f..k off as they have no bearing on her. However, I think she was at least lucky the guy left her before she got pregnant.