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Marriage, Divorce, and the Catholic Lawyer

Bond Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2002

12 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2011 Last revised: 3 Sep 2012

Patrick Quirk

Ave Maria School of Law; Thomas More Law School; Bond University School of Law

Date Written: 2002


On January 28, 2002 Pope John Paul II gave a speech to mark the inauguration of the judicial year before the Prelate Auditors, Officials, Advocates, Promoters of Justice and Defenders of the Bond of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. The widely reported speech drew much comment and some mystification from lawyers, as well as sparking substantial media debate over the moral duties of Catholic lawyers in civil divorce proceedings.

This brief note is intended to explain the context of the Pope’s speech and to clear away the simpler misinterpretations of his message. It will also provide background for Dr. Mortensen’s accompanying piece in this issue of the Bond Law Review.

Keywords: religion, christianity, legal ethics, Pope John Paul II, speech, January 28 2002, divorce

Suggested Citation

Quirk, Patrick, Marriage, Divorce, and the Catholic Lawyer (2002). Bond Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2002. Available at SSRN:

Patrick Quirk (Contact Author)

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