Concordia Theological Monthly

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divorce, union, wife, marriage, husband, wedlock, betrothal, desertion

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Does Divorce on the Ground of Adultery Grant Permission for Remarriage?

The Church of Rome vehemently denies that adultery or fornication severs the marriage bond and grants permission for remarriage. The Council of Trent, in Session XXIV, "On the Sacrament of Matrimony," Canons VII and VIII, has declared as follows: "If any one with saith the Church has erred in that she hath taught, and doth teach, in accordance with the evangelical and apostolical doctrine, that the bond of matrimony cannot be dissolved on account of the adultery of one of the married parties and that both or even the innocent one who gave not occasion to the adultery cannot contract another marriage during the lifetime of the other and that he is guilty of adultery who, having put away the adulteress, shall take another wife, as also she who, having put away the adulterer, shall take another husband, - let him be anathema.


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Matthew 5:32; Leviticus 21:7, 14; Ezekiel 44:22; Jeremiah 3:1; Matthew 19:19; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:2, 9; Genesis 2:24; Matthew 5:32; Matthew 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18;

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