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Good question! In the New American Bible (Revised Edition), which is the translation authorized by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops for use in the United States, Matt. 19:9 reads: I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery. (Note: you don't specify which translation you're using; that ...


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Some Christians would say that the abusiveness of the husband is proof that he is not a Christian, and the wife is therefore able to divorce him based on Paul's words in 1st Corinthians 7. The key point is in bold. 1 Corinthians 7:10-15 ESV To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she ...


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From Roman Cholij's Priestly celibacy in patristics and in the history of the Church: Although perhaps strange to our own modern ways of thinking, absolute marital continence was far from unknown or unesteemed in patristic times. Tertullian, himself a married man, informs us in his Catholic period, of lay people who practise continence within marriage «pro ...


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A catholic within the parameters set by the Magestarium can interpret this verse in the following ways: Sexual immorality can be a valid reason for civil divorce. But such divorced couples cannot remarry. The word used in Matthew 19:9 for sexual immorality is: porneia. This word can also mean marriage with close relatives. (Ordinary Greek word for adultery ...


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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 ...


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First of all, there is a difference between a monk, or a nun, and a person in consecrated life more generally: monks and nuns belong to cloistered orders and don't generally go "out into the world", whereas sisters and brothers belong to orders which do work "in the world". In either case, though, there is generally a process by which a person joins: ...


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While statistics for Christians are usually easy to establish, statistics for regular church-goers are much less reliable. This is partly because statisticians know that Americans frequently overstate their attendance at church, and partly because such statistics are often developed by people inexperienced in statistical methodologies. However, the Barna ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), issued by Pope John Paul II, says that reunion is the ideal that should be sought, if that is possible: Yet there are some situations in which living together becomes practically impossible for a variety of reasons. In such cases the Church permits the physical separation of the couple and their living apart. The ...


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Let's start with a discussion of what the situation is, as the Church traditionally has seen and taught it: The official teaching of the Church is that civil divorce is usually immoral in itself, but may be morally tolerable under certain circumstances: If civil divorce remains the only possible way of ensuring certain legal rights, the care of the ...


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Valid, consummated marriages of the baptized are indissoluble. Can. 1141 A marriage that is ratum et consummatum (ratified and consummated*) can be dissolved by no human power and by no cause, except death. *This means "the spouses have performed between themselves in a human fashion a conjugal act which is suitable in itself for the procreation of ...


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In the general case marriage requires consummation, but the Catholic Church allows an exception which is called a "Josephite Marriage." This is the kind of marriage that the Catholic Church believes Mary and Joseph entered into: a marriage without sex. Despite the fact that no consummation took place, a Josephite marriage is not intrinsically invalid. ...


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The Bible does not give a lot on marriage, nor does it give a lot on divorce. In the book of Matthew Jesus gives us an idea of what God feels about the sanctity of marriage: Matthew 19:3 through 9 NKJV The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said ...


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They get a church annulment whithout a state annulment (or divorce). It seems possible to get a church annulment without getting a state annulment before. You can recognize this by a new proposed bill in the Philippine parliament: In future a church annulment shall be recognised as a state annulment. This only makes sense, if a church annulment can be ...


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Being divorced may or may not be an impediment to being a godparent. It will in fact depend on several issues. Some divorcee are not at all guilty of any wrong doing within the marriage as may happen in the case of spousal abuse. Each case must be look at in its own merits. If one is divorced and remarried without getting an annulment than one can not ...


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Both of the previous marriages of either a Prime Minister or an ordinary Catholic, would need to be found invalid by the Catholic Church. The validity of marriage is determined by the following factors Freedom to marry Consent Faithfulness Open to life Can. 1055 §1. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a ...


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The translation is not accurate. Original Greek says "is it lawful for a man to dismiss his wife?" Not divorce. The Pharisees would never ask "is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" as it is very clearly stated in Torah that it is (Deu. 24). Rather the question is about a man leaving his wife through separation alone. They ask Jesus why did Moses ...


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The problem isn't the divorce, but the remarriage. If you simply get a divorce for a good reason, you are not in state of sin - although the divorce itself is a mortal sin. The real problem is remarriage. Modernist Catholics say divorcees who have not had annullment and have another partner can receive communion, but it has never been (and it never will be) ...


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The Catholic Church does not allow re-marriage (see Mt 19:6, Mk 10:9, Rom 7:2). The important question therefore becomes, "Was the first 'marriage' a true marriage?" If it was a true marriage, then the Catholic is clearly not free to marry, for you cannot marry again so long as your spouse is alive. If it was not a true marriage, then the Catholic is free ...


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Sometimes. Canon 1059 of the Code of Canon Law states: Even if only one party is Catholic, the marriage of Catholics is governed not only by divine law but also by canon law, without prejudice to the competence of civil authority concerning the merely civil effects of the same marriage. Therefore, the canons concerning marriage in the Catholic Church ...


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According to most Protestant denominations (plus a few non-Protestant ones) marriage is a God ordained relationship that should model Jesus relationship to the church. It is not primarily for personal pleasure or convenience, it is for holiness. No matter how one gets into it the expectation is that all marriages should be lived out to model more and more ...


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No. From the perspective of God and the Church, a validly contracted marriage is indissoluble, "till death do us part." There can be conditions attached to the marriage contract (conditional marriages); however, Can. 1102 §1. A marriage subject to a condition about the future cannot be contracted validly. §2. A marriage entered into subject to a ...


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If you were a baptized Catholic at the time of your first marriage (or your putative wife was) and you did not have a dispensation from canonical form, the marriage is ordinarily invalid. The total of the investigation should be verifying that fact the marriage occurred without dispensation of form and outside the Church. Secondarily, before you can get ...


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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 permission for complete divorce and remarriage in the case of adultery: Midwest Pilgrim Holiness Church Hutterian Brethren Amish Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Old ...


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I feel that this question can be answered without a list. Honestly I learned throughout many leadership courses in the Navy that the only foolish question is the one that remains unasked. Therefore I feel that at least a Scriptural answer to this question may be appropriate. In our culture today many see divorce as a positive solution to a troubled marriage. ...


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"Blessing of a marriage", as explained by a canon lawyer and the staff of a Catholic parish, is a fairly standard laymen's term which can be used for one of two processes recognized by Catholic canon law as allowing a marriage to be recognized as valid in the Catholic Church. The Church's Code of Canon Law has a whole section on marriage (canons ...


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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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Jehovah's Witnesses believe adultery is the only appropriate reason for divorce. "You have heard the law that says, 'A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.' But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits ...


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When we get married we take VOWS (promise) before GOD to LOVE, HONOR and CHERISH our spouse. By definition "unfaithfulness" - unfaithful — adj 1. not true to a promise, vow, etc 2. not true to a wife, husband, lover, etc, esp in having sexual intercourse with someone else 3. inaccurate; inexact; unreliable; untrustworthy: unfaithful copy 4. obsolete ...


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