Francis Cardinal Arinze Francis Cardinal Arinze
Prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Roman Curia
Cardinal Priest of S Giovanni della Pigna
Nov 01, 1932
May 25, 1985
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English Cardinal Arinze Advises Against Divorce
Sept 05, 2008
The Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of Sacrament in the Vatican, Francis Cardinal Arinze has criticized those who seek divorce as a way of solving marital problems, saying divorce has adverse and negative consequences on children and the society in general.

Vanguard (Lagos, 25 August 2008) Speaking at his annual lecture tagged "Upholding The Diginity of the Family" at the Bassilica of The Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, he charged Christians to honour and uphold the rights, duties and dignity of the family, urging them to start seeing marriage as coming from God and the basic cell of society.

"Children of broken homes and families devoid of peace, mutual respect and the fear of God, often end up engaging in juvenile delinquency and becoming street urchins. Such homes produce children who never experienced what it means to be loved by their parents and they are often sent out to beg or to work when they should be in school, and the outcome of such morally corrupt families is that the society will be in trouble.

"Divorce tears marriage apart. It desolates both husband and wife. It leaves the children not only in tears but also in misery. We do not deny that there can be serious disagreement between husband and wife, but divorce is not the solution. When husband and wife have a disagreement, they should reflect, pray, sit together and discuss. Accept fault where you are wrong, ask for pardon, or consult a priest or other spiritual adviser, but do not divorce."
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