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Mortal Sin to Date a Married Woman

QUESTION:

A woman wants to date me. She divorced her husband years ago when he had an extramarital affair but then remarried him last year to get his pension when he dies. His pension is apparently substantial. He lives in NH and she lives in NJ. I feel like it would be a mortal sin to date her, your thoughts please.

RESPONSE:

The Church does not recognize divorce and so unless there are other impediments she is a married woman.  The fact that she civilly remarried him just to get his pension is dishonest and an act that impugns the dignity of marriage.  It would certainly be a “matter” of mortal sin to date her.  Keep your distance.  Pray for the poor man who is her estranged husband.    

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