Friday, May 10, 2002
Saw on another blog some time ago -- Relapsed Catholic I think it was -- where the commentator was somewhat incredulous that the Pope believed a sex abuser could be forgiven, but apparently not her remarried divorced mother. My take on this is that if the sex abuser is remorseful for what he has done, and is no longer committing sexual abuse, of course he can be forgiven. The remarried divorced mother, on the other hand, cannot be forgiven because the Church does not recognize divorce, and her second "marriage" amounts to a continuing act of adultery -- a mortal sin. Although there may be legitimate reasons for the wife to be separated from her first husband (e.g., domestic violence) such does not justify a dissolution of an otherwise valid sacramental (i.e., an oath to God) marriage and entrance into another "marriage".