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If a long-married priest is divorced on grounds of adultery, and in fact had been having affairs throughout the marriage, can he still be allowed to minister as a priest?

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I've removed the personal situational data and made it a question about canon law, which I think is the underlying intent. Added Protestantism tag because it's unlikely to apply to a Catholic priest. – Andrew Leach Apr 20 '14 at 9:30
Hi and welcome to the site! +1 as I noticed you have tried to clean up the question a lot. It takes a while to learn the Q & A format of this site. If your are referring to the Episcopal church you might want to include that in the title. Most protestant churches do not use the term 'priest' so many readers might wonder what you are referring to and confuse it with Catholicism. – Mike Apr 20 '14 at 14:51
I see two distinct and separate questions here: (1) Is an adulterous priest still a priest? (2) Can an adulterous priest still be allowed to minister as a priest. While these questions are not mutually exclusive, they should still be given singular attention. Make question #2 a separate question. – DrFry Apr 20 '14 at 15:49
We are marionite catholic. We got married and then he was ordained after three years of our marriage overseas where they allow married catholic priests. – Rita Apr 21 '14 at 13:21

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The standard answer of any church that still have priests and accept the Catholic councils will be that sins do not invalidate the priesthood because that would be Donatism, which would be considered a heresy by such denominations.

As any standard church history will have it, the Donatists believed that priests who sin, particularly by denying Christ during a time of persecution, lose their ability to legitimately dispense the sacraments. This position was condemned by a few Catholic councils, as the Catholic church at this time was apparently largely made up of clergy who had denied Christ during persecution, and they took it personally.

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Some of the information contained in this post requires additional references. Please edit to add citations to reliable sources that support the assertions made here. Unsourced material may be disputed or deleted.

As to the message below, "This post does not cite any references or sources," I guess Wikipedia doesn't count? – david brainerd Apr 22 '14 at 22:31
It seems to me like you need to explain yourself more clearly, at the very least. It would also help to have a couple citations for the other claims you make, such as "This position was condemned by a few Catholic councils..." That may be why the single Wikipedia source isn't enough. – El'endia Starman Jul 3 '14 at 17:49

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