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Robertson: Divorce Your Wife With Alzheimer's
The Church Report ^ | Thursday, September 15, 2011

Posted on 09/15/2011 11:20:05 AM PDT by Sopater

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson told his "700 Club" viewers that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's is justifiable because the disease is "a kind of death."

During the portion of the show where the one-time Republican presidential candidate takes questions from viewers, Robertson was asked what advice a man should give to a friend who began seeing another woman after his wife started suffering from the incurable neurological disorder.

"I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her," Robertson said.

The chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, which airs the "700 Club," said he wouldn't "put a guilt trip" on anyone who divorces a spouse who suffers from the illness, but added, "Get some ethicist besides me to give you the answer."

Most Christian denominations at least discourage divorce, citing Jesus' words in the Gospel of Mark that equate divorce and remarriage with adultery.

Terry Meeuwsen, Robertson's co-host, asked him about couples' marriage vows to take care of each other "for better or for worse" and "in sickness and in health."

"If you respect that vow, you say `til death do us part,'" Robertson said during the Tuesday broadcast. "This is a kind of death."

A network spokesman said Wednesday that Robertson had no further statement.

Divorce is uncommon among couples where one partner is suffering from Alzheimer's, said Beth Kallmyer, director of constituent services for the Alzheimer's Association, which provides resources to sufferers and their families.

"We don't hear a lot of people saying `I'm going to get divorced,'" she told The Associated Press. "Families typically respond the way they do to any other fatal disease."

The stress can be significant in marriages though, Kallmyer said, because it results in the gradual loss of a person's mental faculties.

"The caregiving can be really stressful on a couple of levels," she said. "There's the physical level. There's also the emotional level of feeling like you're losing that person you love."

As a result, she said, it's important for couples to make decisions about care together in the early stages of the illness, when its effects aren't as prominent. (AP)


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: 700club; alzheimers; cbn; dementia; divorce; patrobertson; robertson
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And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. (Mat 19:9)

I think I'll go with what Jesus said.

Video at the link.
1 posted on 09/15/2011 11:20:07 AM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater

Ever since I saw him in that commercial with that phony “Reverend” Sharpie Sharpton, I’ve lost any respect I had for him. I think as some people age, their brains mellow to the level of spoiled cantalopes.


2 posted on 09/15/2011 11:23:08 AM PDT by ZULU (ANYBODY but Obama)
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To: Sopater

Pat Robertson - The Jimmy Carter of the Religous Right.


3 posted on 09/15/2011 11:24:21 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Sopater

Robertson did some good earlier in his life but should have retired many years ago. The longer he sticks around, the more embarrassment he brings to himself. His yearly prophecies, which he attributes to the Lord, have a lesser accuracy rate than a flip of the coin. Say good night, Pat.


4 posted on 09/15/2011 11:27:26 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: Sopater

God help the candidate he winds up endorsing.


5 posted on 09/15/2011 11:27:50 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: Sopater

A typical relativistic response: Alzheimer’s is a “KIND OF” death meant to cover an inconvenient situation.


6 posted on 09/15/2011 11:28:00 AM PDT by famousdayandyear
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To: Sopater

His “700 Club” should be down to about “7” about now.


7 posted on 09/15/2011 11:28:52 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: Sopater

This is shocking.


8 posted on 09/15/2011 11:29:00 AM PDT by NoExpectations
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To: Sopater

I don’t care one way or other what Jesus said, but I have learned about being human, about compassion and duty, and about marriage. If there is ANY time divorce is intolerable it is when your better half most needs you.


9 posted on 09/15/2011 11:30:21 AM PDT by bvw
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To: famousdayandyear

Here comes a bus..Pat, give me a hand with this toss.


10 posted on 09/15/2011 11:31:18 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Sopater

When I read what Mr. Robertson said, I was shocked. I’ve followed him over the years and have enjoyed The 700 Club. But this is beyond the pale. For the life of me I can’t figure out what in the world he was thinking.

You’re right on, Sopater, stick with what Jesus said.


11 posted on 09/15/2011 11:31:57 AM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: Sopater

I have to say that the 700 Club has helped me out enormously in the past, but I think even Terry knew Pat was off the range on this one. She tried to lead him out of it, but he didn’t take the hint.


12 posted on 09/15/2011 11:32:37 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: bvw
If there is ANY time divorce is intolerable it is when your better half most needs you.

That much I agree with.
13 posted on 09/15/2011 11:32:48 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

Pat just never understood the Bible.


14 posted on 09/15/2011 11:33:09 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: The Bronze Titan

God help the candidate he winds up endorsing.

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Given Gingrich’s history... I’d say Pat will likely endorse Newt.

Dontcha think?


15 posted on 09/15/2011 11:33:13 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Sopater

What a sick statement.


16 posted on 09/15/2011 11:36:09 AM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Sopater

It seems that ever since the 2004 election, every time Pat Robertson opens his mouth, he makes another stupid, idiotic, embarrassing type of statement, whether it is politics, religion, whatever. Just STH up Pat and go away. In fact I would say that he is suffering from early stages of dementia himself. I find it hard to believe that his program 700 Club would attract any viewers. And I am a born again Christian by the way. I would sooner get rid of my TV than to watch this false teacher.


17 posted on 09/15/2011 11:36:37 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’d say Newt’s got a few things going for him there. So, yes, I’d say Newt’s at the top of PR’s list.


18 posted on 09/15/2011 11:36:50 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: NoExpectations

Not really shocking-—it is just New Age Christianity-—Moral Relativism.


19 posted on 09/15/2011 11:37:45 AM PDT by savagesusie
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To: Sopater

I get what you are saying. However, what is a wife? She is defined by some function, some role, some human expression, some intention. When those things are absent and yet life is there but is entirely vacant there is no sin on the part of either spouse if divorce should occurs. A man is not a monk. He has some vocation to fulfill as a man, in his work, in his family and home, in his church. When the mate can no longer fulfill, in this case her role, he may have a duty to others and for some reasons to divorce. The wife in this case is not injured by divorce but must be kept tenderly cared for even if he is goes on to another marriage. This wife’s condition imitates death to the sacrament of marriage, as defined by its own duties and conditions, functions and responsibilities. There is no “there” there.

We tend to see things through the lens of the modern American existant culture. Think maybe about the cultures of old.


20 posted on 09/15/2011 11:38:05 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: Sopater

Is Pat still jumping horses and crashing into gates?

Love the man for all those he has helped thru counsel and prayer..

I could follow his line of logic to the mind and body being gone but where is the line between a spirit and a soul being gone?

Heck, We have many in Congre$$ today who are borderline and worse.. If you really want to poke at angels.


21 posted on 09/15/2011 11:38:19 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: rcrngroup
I would sooner get rid of my TV than to watch this false teacher.

Honestly, there are very few preachers that I'm willing to watch on TV. I like Dr. D. James Kennedy and little else.
22 posted on 09/15/2011 11:38:53 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

Robertson is a jerkwad, and he needs to go away. He embarrasses other Christians with the crap he says.


23 posted on 09/15/2011 11:39:34 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers”~Sarah Louise Palin)
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To: Sopater

If she gets the flu real bad can I cheat in her just once? What do you think, huh Pat?


24 posted on 09/15/2011 11:40:34 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: RitaOK
I get what you are saying. However...

I didn't say it, Jesus did. Crystal clear.
25 posted on 09/15/2011 11:40:38 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

As far as I’m concerned, Pat Robertson jumped the shark back in 1988 when he sued former Rep. Pete McCloskey (R-Calif.) for libel after McCloskey claimed that Robertson had used his political connections to avoid combat in Korea. After McCloskey rounded up some witnesses, Robertson asked that his own lawsuit be dismissed—which is was, with prejudice to McCloskey.


26 posted on 09/15/2011 11:41:09 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: muir_redwoods
If she gets the flu real bad can I cheat in her just once? What do you think, huh Pat?

You'll need a note from her Dr.
27 posted on 09/15/2011 11:42:03 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater
I've heard that sometimes there are, in effect, huge financial penalties for remaining married, in such situations. If the afflicted spouse is receiving some form of government-funded care, the entire household income is used to determine a co-payment. After a divorce, there may be more help for the afflicted spouse, and less cost for the healthy (ex)spouse.

Does anyone know the actual facts of this matter? If so, please set me straight.

I'm not saying that this alters the moral and ethical situation — just that it might explain some things.

28 posted on 09/15/2011 11:43:25 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Sopater
Thanks for that verse. I agree that the ONLY begotten Son of God probably has a better inside knowledge of what God had in mind for marriage. I would be willing to bet that the vows the couple exchanged with each other in front or God and witnesses had the phrase “for better or worse, in sickness and in health.” Wonder how God feels about you breaking a vow made to another person with him as a witness?

Pat Robertson is in need of a “word of wisdom”, so here it is: SILENCE!

29 posted on 09/15/2011 11:44:10 AM PDT by cashless (Unlike Obama and his supporters, I'd rather be a TEA BAGGER than a TEA BAGGEE.)
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To: Sopater

Could Pat be in the early stages himself? I mean really.


30 posted on 09/15/2011 11:44:55 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Sopater
Wonder what part of *Till death do us part* he doesn't understand.

Not much of a man to make the statement he did.

31 posted on 09/15/2011 11:45:20 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Pat Robertson - The Jimmy Carter of the Religous Right."

LOL. Maybe even the Billy Carter,too.

32 posted on 09/15/2011 11:45:46 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

You can have all of the joint assets reallocated to the two individuals. That protects the other spouse.


33 posted on 09/15/2011 11:46:30 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; NormsRevenge; savagesusie

You are right. Newt and Santorum would be his man, as both are Catholic and this premise is Catholic doctrine. Either should be able to explain Pat’s premise better than he himself did to other Protestants.


34 posted on 09/15/2011 11:47:00 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: Sopater

Just wondering if Robertson suffers from some type of dementia.


35 posted on 09/15/2011 11:48:48 AM PDT by Chandalier (You say Obama, I say O-blame-o!)
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To: Sopater

Is Pat married? If so maybe his wife should be filing on grounds of him not being there anymore.


36 posted on 09/15/2011 11:49:05 AM PDT by saint (God forgive us, we're killing babies made in His image.)
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To: Sopater

” I didn’t say it, Jesus did. Crystal clear. “

He also said “let the dead bury the dead”. This woman remains a live woman, Soapster, but she is no longer a “wife”, in any sense of the word, but now becomes only a woman, and we all know it. The lengths you take here with our Lord’s context, content and sure truth sets aside all three. We all know what He was speaking about. Alzheimers wasn’t it.


37 posted on 09/15/2011 11:54:15 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: Sopater

Sad, but not surprising. Pat went off the reservation decades ago when he abandoned Sola Scriptura.


38 posted on 09/15/2011 11:54:25 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: Sopater

Wow, that is harsh.


39 posted on 09/15/2011 11:56:58 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (To paraphrase Sarah Palin: "I love when the liberals get all wee-wee'd up.")
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To: Sopater
And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. (Mat 19:9) I think I'll go with what Jesus said.

Always a good idea to agree with God.

Fornication is sexual immorality BEFORE marriage. So, the husband has found something in her past that causes him to reject her, correct? Adultery is sexual immorality WHILE married and is CORRECTED BY STONING.

Divorce for abitrary reasons is not addressed here.

40 posted on 09/15/2011 11:57:42 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: Sopater

Pat has been delusional for several years now. He’s not getting any better. Once you get your audience to send money and support you and your staff, there is no retiring.


41 posted on 09/15/2011 12:00:25 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: RitaOK

“In SICKNESS and in HEALTH”

“For as long as you both shall live”

Vows mean something.


42 posted on 09/15/2011 12:01:37 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! “10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government")
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To: RitaOK

Mr. Robertson is suffering dementia - not his fault.

You are suffering incredible ignorance and hate - and that is YOUR fault. Can’t blame your parents any more, you’re old enough to know better.

Going to heaven with that kind of hate in you?


43 posted on 09/15/2011 12:06:50 PM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: RitaOK

It appears vows mean nothing to you. I can only hope you’re kidding. Does the same apply to a man.


44 posted on 09/15/2011 12:08:36 PM PDT by beandog (You can't elevate Perry by tearing down Palin)
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To: ZULU

He never had as much brain as a healthy cantaloupe has.


45 posted on 09/15/2011 12:08:36 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: The Cajun

“Wonder what part of *Till death do us part* he doesn’t understand.”

Yep. And also that little part about “...in sickness and in health...”


46 posted on 09/15/2011 12:08:52 PM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: BenKenobi

Hi, Ben!

Well explain then, this one of three rules for proper annullment in the Church other than the Pauline Rule. Yes, the rules have been abused in the West in the Church, but they stand nevertheless for the Church militant.


47 posted on 09/15/2011 12:09:32 PM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: Sopater

Do we have to listen to any ‘religious’ leader who is several fries short of a happy meal??


48 posted on 09/15/2011 12:11:11 PM PDT by pikachu (After Monday and Tuesday, even the calender goes W T F !)
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To: Sopater

Pat will issue a note for you, for a modest donation to the Lord’s work, of course.


49 posted on 09/15/2011 12:11:15 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: RitaOK

I think you are the one who sees things through the lens of modern American culture.


50 posted on 09/15/2011 12:12:13 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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