Hello Kansas58, hope you are well.
“If the wedding did not produce a sacramental marriage union there can be NO sin in civil divorce.
I don’t want to complicate this by bringing in the “Natural Law” so if you change the word “sacramental” to “valid” then I don’t see anybody arguing with your point there.
A good example would be what St. Augustine called an “adulterous remarriage.” Say Arnie and Maria are validly married. If 15 years down the road Arnie civilly divorces Maria and marries Pamela then Arnie is in what St. Augustine called an “adulterous remarriage.” It would not be sinful for Arnie to civilly divorce from that “marriage”... because it is not a true marriage.
I think I have piled too many questions into one message and I therefore do not catch your answers and I get side tracked. Would you please answer for me the following two questions? I truly am seeking to understand how you are looking at this.
Is divorce NEVER a “grave offense?”
Assuming that it sometimes is a “grave offense” then... in those times that it is a “grave offense”... can we commit that grave offense and still worthily receive the Body and Blood of our Lord in the Eucharist?
LOVE SO AMAZING