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In old age due to dementia a person can become irritable and abusive, wholly unlike their prior self.

As a married person will have taken vows to be faithful; what guidance is there to a spouse in the instance their partner becomes abusive?

I bring up dementia as an example as the persons behaviour maybe completely outside of their own will.

Does the Catholic Church have some sort of official guidelines on how to deal with these issues in mental health situations and/or pastoral care training for priests?

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    Great question, as I have known people with dementia not being able to recognize their own sons or daughters. What personal suffering this involves! – Ken Graham Jun 20 '20 at 23:24
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    I think the commonness of this scenario necessitates clarity from the catholic community. Not as personal advice but what guidance generally is provided for the married to remain faithful (or not). – Clark Radford Jun 20 '20 at 23:35
  • If this question was edited to ask for some kind of official position that would be good, but I don't know what kind would be appropriate. Is there an official pastoral care guidebook? Some papal missive? Something else? – curiousdannii Jun 21 '20 at 0:54

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