I posted about a month and a half ago about some stuff surrounding annulments along with the reactions of family here, which, among other things, included accusations that I was personally, and incorrectly, interpreting what the Church teaches regarding divorce, annulment, and remarriage. But as I listened to the very reputable Catholic Answers Live today, it was confirmed that these accusations were not only unwarranted, but are flat out wrong.
However, this post isn’t about “being right” or saying “I told you so,” although it may seem that way, so you are free to believe otherwise, that is your prerogative. Instead, this post is to re-emphasize, that yes, what I’ve been saying for well over a year now is what the Church teaches regarding divorce: that without an annulment, a divorced Catholic is presumed to be validly married, and therefore, dating for that individual is morally no different than a non-divorced individual dating someone other than their spouse. This specific issue is brought up and addressed with the caller.
So, no it is not crazy for me to be concerned, for me to be morally opposed to what is happening in my family, and for me to pray, beg, and implore for this situation to end. What is in fact crazy, is for a Catholic to argue on the opposite side of this, because this is what the Church and Scripture unapologetically teach on the matter.
Segment begins at 36:10
To the married, however, I give this instruction (not I, but the Lord): A wife should not separate from her husband—and if she does separate she must either remain single or become reconciled to her husband—and a husband should not divorce his wife.
1 Corinthians 7:10-11