Religion: The Brother-Sister Vow

The Roman Catholic Church's once-and-for-all view of marriage causes more problems, more suffering—and more apostasy from the church—than most non-Catholics suspect. Marriage is merely legalized adultery in the eyes of the church if either of the partners has a living spouse to whom he was validly married (which may include ceremonies in other faiths and even civil ceremonies). Example: a Catholic divorced and remarried is considered to be living in sin. What happens if the couple want to make their peace with the church and receive the sacraments?* Must they dissolve their marriage, divide up the children and live apart?

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