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Once the Christian view of marriage was established, the Church tenaciously resisted attempts to legitimize divorce.

As Cardinal Muller notes in his essay, “there is evidence that groups of Orthodox Christians on becoming Catholic had to subscribe to an express acknowledgment of the impossibility of second or third marriages.” More famously, “The schism of a ‘Church of England’ …

for a strictness on sexual matters of which they boasted—even when they failed to live up to their own ideals,” and many of them, perhaps not coincidentally, also chose martyrdom rather than burn a little incense to Caesar.

Archbishop Vasil provides a thorough examination of Eastern Orthodox teaching on divorce, looking at how the individual Orthodox Churches deal with divorce and remarriage, examining the many grounds for divorce recognized by those Churches, and looking at how those Churches handle decrees of divorce issued by civil courts.

By comparing the 2015 numbers in a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that lists divorce rates by state, with NPR's list that shows how states voted, it becomes evident that the states with the top five highest divorce rates were mostly Republican, while the states with the lowest number of divorces were almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.

Both sides of the aisle may be surprised to learn statistics behind the family-values oriented Republican party.

According to a 2014 report in the American Journal of Sociology, "red" states (states that tend to vote Republican), have higher divorce rates than "blue" states (states that tend to vote Democratic).

We now know how damaging divorce is for children, even for the adult children of parents who undergo divorce.

And we also know that the Church’s teaching remains efficacious: Catholics, at least in the United States, divorce at a lower rate than non-Catholics.

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