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Many conservatives would like to have their cake and eat it too in regards to marriage. They wish to defend the "sanctity" of marriage stating that God ordained it as something sacred between 1 man and 1 woman; as if God somehow supernaturally preserves and defines the definition of marriage but let us consider for a moment that there are many heterosexual ...


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Please allow me to present a different approach to the very good selected answer by @PeterTurner, and the other good addition by @MattGutting. In order to make a good confession, one of the steps for a Catholic is to make an Examination of Conscience.1 The section of that examination that may guide one as to what is/is not chaste behavior is e.g. this ...


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There are indeed things that the Catechism has to tell us about chastity; in fact, there is a whole section on it (Part Three, Section Two, Chapter Two, Article 6, Heading II) titled "The Vocation to Chastity". Chastity, we are told, is the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual ...


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Athanasius has given a very thorough answer. For the less studious, let me give a simple answer: "Divorce" means ending a marriage. "Annulment" means declaring that no marriage existed in the first place. For example, if Mr Brown kidnaps Miss Green and forces her to go through a marriage at gunpoint, few would call this is a "real" marriage. If Miss Green ...


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I kind of think the answer to this question is purely pastoral. It's not in any Encyclical or the Catechism, but the answer comes to a person who forms their conscience well and the Church has a lot of guidance on how to form your conscience. Seek first the Kingdom and the Will of God. Marriage (and the acts that follow) is what God calls man to most ...


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Catholic Perspective Polygamy is not allowed throughout the whole Bible. It was not allowed in the beginning, in the OT it was not yet explicitly rejected, and in his Gospel, Jesus restored the Creator's original plan in the beginning. CCC 1610 [...] In the Old Testament the polygamy of patriarchs and kings is not yet explicitly rejected. ...


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The short answer is "no," an annulment is not a Catholic divorce. Although the term "annulment" has come into common use, it is somewhat misleading, since it makes it seem as if an existing marriage is "annulled" or "cancelled." In fact, Church law does not use that term, but instead contemplates a declaration of the nullity (or non-existence) of a ...


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Let's look at both these questions, the question of Adam and Even, and the question of formal marriage. I think you would have to agree that if any couple deserved to be considered a special case it was Adam and Eve. When they are in the Garden there is no law of any kind, so it is not possible for them to get a 'legal marriage'. There isn't even another ...


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Adam and Eve were married. The Lord himself gave away Eve as Adams bride. The scripture below could be considered a ceremony, Adam even recited what could be a vow. Genesis 2:21-25; 21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which ...


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In the instance of a woman being married to several husbands in this life, she can only be sealed or "Eternally married to one while living. Assuming all of the husbands were worthy she would have been sealed to the first,for eternity, and the others just for this life. Incidentally, there are more righteous women than men, so there will be fewer men ...



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