What God has joined together, Let no man put asunder: A Canonical Viewpoint
The ancient words recorded in the Bible that “a man shall leave his father and mother and cling to his wife and the two shall become one flesh” has not changed. The fact that when they become one, “no one should put asunder” is not strange. But the question is “Should all marriages be permanent without separation?”
It is worthy of note that there is prevalence of many fake and pseudo marital relationships in our modern society than the past years due to greed, poverty and economic meltdown. Thus, the norms and conditions that are indispensable for valid celebration of marriages in the Catholic Church such as consent must be present ab initio otherwise it can render the bond that existed between the couple to be declared null and void.
The book, “What God Has Joined Together, Let No Man Put Asunder”, is an educative and insightful text carefully and practically compiled for married and intending couples on matters concerning marriage institution. It addresses many conflicts and obstacles encountered in marriages and proffer the way forward.
The book is borne out of the day-to-day tribunal practice of the author as a Canonist, Judicial Vicar for Uyo Diocese and Adjunct Judicial Vicar for the Calabar Interdiocesan Tribunal. The author has simplified all the complexities and misunderstandings which the idea of marriage nullity has oftentimes generated.
Moreover, it shades light on the Catholic Tribunal that beyond being an organ of mediation, reconciliation, conciliation and vindication of rights, ecclesiastical Tribunals exist essentially, to further the Church’s sacred mandate and duty from Jesus to let the oppressed go free (Lk. 4:18) and announce the Lord’s favour and mercy to those whose lives have been scarred by the experience of a broken marriage.
Lastly, the book samples some definitive sentences of marriages which have broken down irretrievably and proved that in some marriages which were invalid from the onset, “man can put asunder” to set the captives free.