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How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9, which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct?

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, ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying that wives can divorce their physically abusive husbands?

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 ...
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Are Catholics allowed to leave marriage in order to become a monk or nun?

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 ...
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How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9, which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct?

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 ...
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Is a Catholic annulment divorce in a Catholic way?

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 ...
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Are Catholics allowed to leave marriage in order to become a monk or nun?

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", ...
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Are there reliable statistics about divorce rates in Christian churches?

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 ...
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Has a Pope ever encouraged separated or civilly-divorced spouses to strive toward reunion?

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 ...
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According to traditional Catholicism, what is the spiritual solution for the divorcee who hasn't had their marriage annulled?

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 ...
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Is it possible to get a divorce (not an annulment) in the Catholic Church?

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, ...
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Catholic Church - What happens when a married couple will never have sex?

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 ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying that wives can divorce their physically abusive husbands?

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 ...
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How do Filipino Catholics get a church annulment when their state marriage is valid, considering the Philippines doesn't have divorce?

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 ...
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Can a divorced aunt be a Catholic Godparent?

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 ...
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Can a divorcee get married in a Catholic Church?

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 ...
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Why would God permit divorce because of Israel's "hardness of heart"?

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 ...
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According to traditional Catholicism, what is the spiritual solution for the divorcee who hasn't had their marriage annulled?

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 ...
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Does the Catholic church allow a previously divorced man to remarry?

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 ...
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Does the Catholic church allow a previously divorced man to remarry?

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 ...
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View on divorce after civil marriage in Protestant Churches?

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 ...
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Is a prenuptial agreement permitted for a Catholic marriage?

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 ...
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What steps are involved in Catholic churches divorce investigation?

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 ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses allow remarriage after a divorce? Are there any consequences for the congregation member?

Do Jehovah's Witnesses allow a person to divorce and marry someone else? Yes, divorce is permitted but if it is not on based on scriptural grounds, they are not free to remarry: We adhere to the ...
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Remarriage of divorced, where adultery doesn't occur until *after* the divorce?

In Catholicism, at least, both second "marriages" are invalid and are adulterous, as the "civil divorce" cannot actually dissolve the original marriage. CCC paragraph 2384 reads: ...
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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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Is Catholicism the only religion to uphold the indissolubility of marriage?

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 ...
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Is a Catholic "blessing of a marriage" not a wedding?

"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 ...
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Is a Catholic annulment divorce in a Catholic way?

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 ...
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