I’ve always been taught, and thought myself, that it meant adultery.To answer your question APV: In a sense divorce is never okay in the church.In the event that the original marriage was not valid for some reason, an annulment would be needed before re-marriage.

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There can arise situations when the Church would not disapprove of a civil divorce.

Let’s say a Catholic couple has a valid sacramental marriage.

In such cases, since there is no valid marriage, divorce won’t mean you commit adultery once you do enter a valid marriage with someone else.

Same with anyone else in a sham marriage which is invalid in the first place.

The disciples understand that Christ is teaching that the marriage bond, as God intended, is to be permanent. Paul in 1 Cor -11 gives the same understanding that seperated spouses only have two options, to reconcile with each other or remain single. IN the Church a marriage is either sacramental or not sacramental. civil law accepts a Catholic sacramental marriage as a civil marriage.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church on divorce Take care and God bless, Inocencio J M J Hmmm. If there is never an instance where divorce and/or subsequent remarriage is allowed, then why didn’t Jesus just say, “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery,” period? A marriage may exist in civil law while not existing as a sacrament of the Church. However, the Church does not accept a civil marriage as a sacrament.

If someone like Herod would have divorced and entered into a marriage which was actually lawful and valid, that would not have constituted adultery, because the marriage to Philip’s wife was invalid anyway.

If I can remember where I saw the explanation, I’ll post back.

He is still married to the first woman in the eyes of the Church.

==== Another possible scenario from a real event I personally know. The man wrestled with the murder of his child and the tragedy of his relationship with that woman. A dozen years later, he is now in the middle of his theological studies in preparation to receive priestly ordination.) Ah!

A Catholic man and a Catholic woman have both never been married, either civilly or sacramentally. The woman conceals from the man and from everyone else that she wants no children. I read about this “except for marital unfaithfulness” recently but I can’t remember where.