Look out, ladies: Tiger Woods is officially single again.
The fair Elin walked away from last week’s icy court meeting with $100 million (not the rumored $750 million), physical custody of their children, two Florida homes, a secluded island in Sweden and child support that could be as high as $20,000 a month.
The excruciating details that drove these two to split gives any Catholic single pause, underscoring the importance of prayerful discernment and thorough marriage preparation. Better to delay marriage than enter into a troubled union.
The Catholic Church stresses the gravity of divorce, which breaks natural law and introduces disorder to the family and society. “It claims to break the contract, to which the spouses freely consented, to live with each other till death,” the catechism states.
It unequivocally weighs in on “transgressions” Tiger confessed to, asserting:
“Adultery is an injustice. He who commits adultery fails in his commitment. He does injury to the sign of the covenant which the marriage bond is, transgresses the rights of the other spouse, and undermines the institution of marriage by breaking the contract on which it is based. He compromises the good of human generation and the welfare of children who need their parents’ stable union.”
The catechism goes on to point out that there are victims of divorce, who deserve support, grace and prayer.
What do you think? Do we adequately support victims of divorce?
What insights have you gleaned from Tiger and Elin’s messy divorce?