She is a nationally known speaker on topics related to sexuality and moral reasoning.
The Imperfect Art of Dating: In Spring 2010, Kerry Cronin spoke about the imperfections and challenges of dating as she has heard from her own students' perspectives. Women, Virtue and Sexuality: Lisa Fullam, Associate Professor of Moral Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, leads a discussion on the role of virtue ethics in framing the conversation on sexuality in the context of a Catholic university.
So when we’re talking about the issue in terms of Catholic dating and matters of the heart, that teaching can feel especially difficult. But the Church teaches that a true marriage is a permanent bond, broken only by death.
Loneliness can be a hard cross to carry, and we should never fall into the trap of thinking that impossibility of remarriage means we’re condemned to live in total solitude.
The Church’s teachings on these matters can be a hard pill to swallow for some.
It can be argued that there is no Christianity without relationships.
As Catholic Christians, we are called to a profound tri-union with our true selves, with others, and with God.
But if one is in the middle of the annulment process, or an annulment has been denied, the matter is a little less straightforward.
If you really don’t know whether an annulment is going to be granted or not, you should probably be pretty cautious about dating.But if we’re being honest, Catholic living demands a lot of us no matter our life circumstances.For the never-married man or woman, the Church’s requirement of sexual abstinence can be very hard.In the case of my friend that was separating from her abusive husband, one of her relatives even assumed that the husband’s current behavior would be “grounds for annulment.” These are just the type of painful, emotionally charged circumstances that can make the matter feel confusing.The reality is that an annulment isn’t about the spouses’ current behavior.So for a Catholic then, civil divorce does remain an option, but its main purpose would be for things like ensuring the safety of one of the spouses or children or dealing with financial or similar matters rather than to attempt to break the marriage bond.