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The Sixth Commandment Gal wrote:

Hi, guys —

My parents were married for 55 years and my father died six months ago. My mother has announced she has a boyfriend with whom she is keeping company to include physical intimacy. While my father was alive it was no secret that the two of them were attracted to one another.

The problem: He is married. He is also (supposedly) a devout Catholic. Over the past month my mom and he have gotten the necessary paperwork done to have his wife admitted to an Alzheimer's facility so she is now out of the picture.

My mom justifies this by saying:

  • the wife is as good as dead
  • that times have changed and
  • God wants them to be happy, etc.

I don't see an expiration date on the Sixth Commandment.

  • What are your thoughts?
  • Can he still be a good Catholic and date my mom?

The Sixth Commandment Gal

  { What are your thoughts on this situation and can he still be a good Catholic and date my mom? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Dear Sixth Commandment Gal,

While I am not sure I want to speak specifically about this couple because I don't know what is really going on. The answer to the more general question is clear:

Marriage is for better for worse, in good times and bad times, for richer for poorer and in sickness and in health until death do they part.

Clearly, a disease does not equate to death, even one as severe as advanced Alzheimer’s. Basic morality does not change with the times.

Adultery is a serious sin.

Fr. Jonathan

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