Wow. Idaho. Jerry Brady and Butch Otter running for governor. I'm in a quandary. Both men are Catholic. Both have had first marriages annulled so they could remarry.
I was raised a Catholic but have not followed the faith since my highschool days. One, I didn't like to be told not to question and two, there were matters that made no sense to me - like annulment. You're married, you usually pay big bucks to get an annulment and then, if successful, according to the church, the marriage never was. What does that make the kids? Illegitimate? Non-existent? I don't know.
What bothers me is the expediency of it because the church doesn't sanction divorce. At least an outright divorce recognizes the marriage did in fact occur. There is a degree of hypocrisy to it; a sense of dishonesty. That's what troubles me. The culture of dishonesty and denial of truth is so prevalent in today's society.
I am not criticizing either man for his faith nor how he has practiced it. I just thought it interesting how what in the purview of the church is perfectly appropriate behavior seems not to be to me. It's one of those clashes of reason one goes through life rarely thinking about. But in our current climate - I've been thinking about a lot.