Betrayed without a Kiss: Defending Marriage after Years of Failed Leadership in the Church

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The sacrament of Matrimony is under diabolical attack. While it is easy to blame the outside world for the demise of marriage, we must look at what has been happening inside the Church. The number of marriages have dwindled over the past five decades and annulments have skyrocketed. Many in Church leadership have been indifferent to these alarming trends and to marriage itself. Matrimony is rarely referenced during homilies, pre-Cana programs are often disastrous, and seminaries spend little time studying the sacrament of Matrimony. It has become clear that the sacraments rise and fall together—and they are falling in frequency and in reverence. Disrespect and disbelief in the Eucharist are largely rooted in a disregard for Matrimony. Indeed, if Matrimony is not protected by Church leadership, many members of the Catholic Church will be lost and abandoned. Yet, there is hope.

Betrayed Without a Kiss seeks to identify the critical marital problems impacting the Church while providing practical solutions to help both laity and clergy nourish Catholic marriage, solutions that will restore marriage to the glory that God intends for this primordial sacrament. There is nothing more romantic and glorious than a Catholic marriage that mirrors Christ’s total love on the cross for His bride, the Church. And there is nothing more noble than defending the sacrament of Matrimony because society and the Church will go by way of the family. To fight for holy marriages, even your very own, is to fight for Christ!

John Clark
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    Posted by Lee Cullom on Dec 3rd 2023

    Very few people in the Church speak for the abandoned spouses. This book explores the reasons… fina…

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    Posted by Leo Grumblatt Jr on Nov 28th 2023

    I have found the book to be surprisingly readable and captivating. I have also found it to be very …

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  • 5
    Book Challenges Annulment Culture

    Posted by Bai Macfarlane on Oct 16th 2023

    A new book is being released about attacks against marriage from both outside, and inside, the Churc…

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Editorial Reviews

Fr. Gerald E. Murray (Pastor, Holy Family Church New York, NY and member of EWTN's The Papal Posse)

“John Clark has written a spirited defense of marriage against the errors of our time. The nature and purpose of marriage is commonly misunderstood in our culture. Even in the Catholic Church the perennial teaching about God's gift of marriage and family is denied by some ecclesiastics. Clark examines how marriage has been undermined by theologians and canon lawyers who embrace mistaken notions that harm the Church's defense of the indissolubility of the marital bond as something willed by God. This book is a refreshing reminder that marriage is a blessing from God that produces profound joy even amidst difficulties.”

Leila Miller (Author, Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak)

“This is the book I’ve been waiting for, but never thought would come. With page-turning detail, John Clark shows how agents of the Church (ordained and lay) have slowly undermined and betrayed the sacrament of Matrimony, obscured and ignored the one primary end of marriage, accepted and facilitated divorce, and exponentially increased annulments. Seeing the evidence laid out systematically, factually, historically, is shocking—and undeniable.”

Michael Hichborn (President, The Lepanto Institute)

“The modern assault on the sacrament of marriage through perverse unions, contraception, divorce and abuse of canon law through openly-granted annulments are direct attacks on the relationship between God and man. In this book, John Clark masterfully explains the vastness of the war on marriage while providing the beautifully articulated simple truth that the vows of marriage are as indissoluble as Christ’s vow to His Church: ‘I am with you, always!’”