If a spouse is
unfaithful, this is very unfortunate but it CANNOT end a valid marriage,
regardless even of any "divorce" under civil law that may have followed. The
Lord Jesus was very clear that those who divorce and "remarry" commit
divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and the one who
marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery." (Our Lord Jesus
Christ, Lk. 16:18)
"It was also
said, 'Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.' But I say
to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) causes her
to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery."
(Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mt. 5:31-32)
"The Pharisees approached and asked, 'Is it lawful for a husband to divorce
his wife?' They were testing him. He said to them in reply, 'What did Moses
command you?' They replied, 'Moses permitted him to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her.' But Jesus told them, 'Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, 'God made
them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
(and be joined to his wife), and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are
no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human
being must separate.' In the house the disciples again questioned him about
this. [Jesus] said to them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries
another, she commits adultery.'" (Mk. 10:2-12, emphasis added)
someone cannot commit adultery unless they are already married. Therefore, one
who is "divorced" is actually still married in the eyes of God. The fact that
one is still married – even if a spouse cheats – is why it is not
Note that not even
the Church can break the indissoluble bond of marriage...
that is ratum et consummatum can be dissolved by no human power and by no
cause, except death." (1983 Code of Canon Law, Can. 1141)
Note: The above
assumes that both spouses are still alive and that the marriage was valid. If
the marriage was not valid or if one of the spouses is deceased, it may be
possible to marry. For assistance, consult a good priest.
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