Divorced catholic dating
In fidelity to the words of Jesus Christ—“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery”—the Church maintains that a new union cannot be recognized as valid, if the first marriage was.If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God’s law.
A person in this situation cannot remarry in the Catholic Church; he is impeded from doing so because he is already married to someone else (c. Consequently, if a Catholic remarry under these circumstances, he necessarily does so outside the Catholic Church, either in a non-Catholic religious ceremony, or in a civil proceeding (before a justice of the peace, for example).
Therefore one can and certainly does encounter sincerely devout, practicing Catholics who happen to be divorced.
Such persons are hardly excluded from the sacraments simply because their spouses chose to divorce them.
Yet while the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is, by its very nature, intended to last until death, it acknowledges that being divorced is not necessarily sinful.
If, for example, one spouse is divorced by the other, it is obviously possible for a Catholic to find himself divorced entirely against his will!Does the fact that a Catholic is divorced, in and of itself, constitute a mortal sin? The Catechism of the Catholic Church does, it is true, give us a general theological norm about divorce in general, noting rightly that “Divorce is a grave offense against the natural law….