In an address to judges of ecclesiastical courts, the head of the Maronite Catholic Church deplored the conversion of Lebanese Maronites to other Christian communities or to Islam in order to obtain a divorce.
In Lebanon, divorce is primarily a matter of religious rather than civil law.
Lamenting the breaking of the sacred bond of marriage, Cardinal
Bechara Boutros Raï said that such conversions are a “painful plague”
rather than a matter of authentic religious freedom or freedom of