Serious question of my fellow Catholics: Why does the Church no longer allow married women to retire and enter?
Topic: Order of the sister wives
July 21, 2019 / By Flora Question:
a convent? In the past it was common practice for some wives to reach an agreement with their husbands and enter religious life, why is this no longer permitted? I have a few divorced friends who have no desire to remarry but would love to enter an Order. Please help me explain this to them.
Best Answers: Serious question of my fellow Catholics: Why does the Church no longer allow married women to retire and enter?
Dalia | 1 day ago
First of all there is a loss of vocations and this would be good for many orders. However with retirement and money as it is they need people who can provide funds for their own living expenses. I know it sound lousy but that is the reason for not allowing entrance. They do not have the funds to keep the elderly sisters/nuns right now and many people used to support the orders, but now they don't. Medical, food, clothing ( when they came out of the habit they need clothes to wear and this has become a big expense where they used to make their own habits) and housing. Many have gone out on their own and rented an apartment and are still in the order. It comes down to monetary problems. God bless you.
And daver is correct about divorce, they would have to get permission from their ex's in order to enter, for in the eyes of God they are still married, if they married in the church.
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Husband and wife would have to BOTH enter orders, not just the wife.
Your divorced friends can enter IF they have their marriages declared null. Otherwise, they are still obliged to their ex-spouses in a spiritual way.
Some orders cannot accept older women because of the nature of the lifestyle. Some cloistered orders, for example, find that older ladies cannot adapt well, and so they encourage them to seek a different type of order.
Another option is Total Consecration.
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I've heard they still can, if the husband also wants to enter a religious order or become a priest. That was several years ago that I head that, though. I'm not sure if it still applies.
These days, the Church gives out annulments much more easily than in the past, so maybe that has something to do with it. Maybe the marriage must be annulled first. That's just a guess, though.
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Specific to your friends who are divorced, the Church does not acknowledge a divorce as binding because divorce is a mere legal procedure with no bearing on the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony.
A "divorced" person is still married in the eyes of the Church, and a divorce can't constitute a "retiring" from a marriage.
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