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Why did David wish to send Uriah back home?

Unless you only have sex once it can be hard to pinpoint exactly when the child was conceived. Normal term pregnancies range from 37 to 41 weeks, a full month's time. Bathsheba presumably contacted ...
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Did the early church accept lifelong, faithful concubinage?

Pope Calixtus I, who died around 222, permitted the marriage of high born women to men of a lower class, and even to slaves. This was contrary to Roman law, so the Pope was recognising as validly ...
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Did a married couple live in fornication if annulled? (Catholic)

The short answer is, “not exactly,” and they are probably not culpable for their sexual relations. In fact, to the degree that each party thinks he is fulfilling his marital obligation to the other, ...
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What is the biblical argument against having a concubine?

Overseers and deacons are told to be a one woman man in the pastoral epistles, and Christians are told to model the behavior of these men. (1 Timothy 3:12) Additionally, Ephesians 5 roots the ...
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In John 8, were the scribes and pharisees guilty of the sin of Fornication / Adultery?

The phrase "he that is without sin" is a translation of a single Greek word, anamartetos, which means sinless or faultless or without flaw. It does not refer only to fornication, Jesus is effectively ...
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Is it possible for a married Catholic to be invincibly ignorant that adultery is gravely wrong?

A (validly) married Catholic cannot be invincibly ignorant of the sinfulness of adultery because marriage consent, "the efficient cause of matrimony" (Summa Theologica suppl. q. 45 a. 1), is ...
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How did Karl Barth justify his relationship with Charlotte von Kirschbaum?

A 2017 Christianity Today article about this very issue was written by Mark Galli shortly after his own Karl Barth biography was published. As curiousdannii suspected, he did use dialectical tension ...
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According to Catholicism, would it be allowed for Jews to stone a woman caught in adultery after the scenario in John 8?

The Jews did not have the right of execution under Roman power. We see this in the case of Jesus himself, whom they wanted to kill but had to go through the process of taking Jesus to Pilate to ...
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What is the biblical argument against having a concubine?

"Biblically, is there any scriptural evidence against a man having a concubine?" Yes, because sexual relations apart from a spouse are forbidden, and concubinage obviously falls outside of marriage. ...
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Is adultery grounds for excommunication or other discipline in a Jehovah's Witness Church?

Unrepentant, blatant and on-going adultery, whether resulting in a pregnancy and/or the break-up of the marriage or not, is condemned by Jehovah’s Witnesses and would almost certainly result in the ...
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If a husband wants to recommit to Catholicism but his wife does not want to convert, will they be considered to be adulterers?

"Reversion" is straightforward. Once a Catholic, always a Catholic. However, the falling-away from the Church is contrary to Canon Law: 209 §1 Christ's faithful are bound to preserve their ...
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Denominations that interpret Matthew 5:32 & 19:9 as NOT permitting divorce in the case of adultery?

While I am aware of none which interpret the passage as referring to unlawful marriage as the Catholic Church does, there are a number of denominations which do not believe this passage grants ...
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What is the biblical argument against having a concubine?

Yes, Solomon had concubines. He also became greedy and chose to accumulate wealth and wives rather than nurturing his kingdom. If you read his story, you find that God was not pleased with his later ...
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What were the 45 theologians' theological censures of «Amoris Lætitia»?

The 45 theologians found 12 heretical propositions and 8 propositions falling under lesser censures: Theological censures of propositions drawn from the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia A - ...
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According to Catholicism, is marrying a divorced woman a sin of continual adultery?

Yes it is a sin, provided the divorced person was truly married. What is meant by “truly married”, you say? In short it is when two people get married AND the outward appearances of marriage do ...
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Is it possible for a married Catholic to be invincibly ignorant that adultery is gravely wrong?

The answer is very much context dependent. In principle it is logically possible for a Catholic to be invincibly ignorant about any moral fact. But it is incredibly difficult for a Catholic person (...
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What doctrine of the Catholic Church covers the commandment, "Thou shall not commit adultery."?

What doctrine of the Catholic Church covers the commandment, "Thou shall not commit adultery."? The Ten Commandments or the Decalogue engulfs the Catholic Doctrine on sin and the moral law. ...
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Biblical basis for treating a second marriage as sinful even in cases of adultery?

Some people believe that "except for infidelity" was a later addition. Simply put, there are groups of Christians who believe that Jesus banned divorce entirely, and the "except for ...
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Is it possible for a married Catholic to be invincibly ignorant that adultery is gravely wrong?

Is it possible for a married Catholic to be invincibly ignorant that adultery is gravely wrong? The short answer is no. Seeing that the vast majority of Catholic dioceses, if not all, have a ...
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Do any authorities have anything to say about "criminality" as grounds for divorce in addition to "adultery," alluded to in the New Testament?

We spend a lot of time searching for holes in the fencing of our playground. Under what circumstances am I allowed to approach this or that forbidden thing. Divorce is certainly one of those things ...
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What is the process for remarried couples to convert to Catholicism?

G.K. Chesterton discusses the logical absurdity of pretending to "cancel" a life long vow with a piece of paper from a government in "The Superstition of Divorce". I highly ...

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