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It is only in situations involving the gravest of circumstances, i.e., the safety of spouse or children, etc., that a separation can be viewed as morally acceptable.Even an unfaithful spouse may not be abandoned for that reason alone.On the thirtieth day of November, the First Sunday of Advent, 1980, our Holy Father issued his most recent encyclical letter, Dives in Misericordia, which is a "magna charta" on the mercy of God, and I recommend that the sons and daughters of this Local Church read it and meditate upon it.
None should have just cause for feeling abandoned by God or His Church.It is not difficult to imagine as we reflect on all of these facets that might well trouble the conscience of a separated spouse, even when the separation is morally justified, to conclude that the separated spouse may be depressed and given to moments of despair.The parish community must never judge pejoratively the separated spouse.The separated spouse must be accepted in a spirit of charity and concern.The parish priest should discreetly ascertian the feasibility of reconciliation and, when possible, encourage the parties to a broken marriage to attempt marital reunion.Catholics seriously contemplating separation should seek spiritual counsel and the advice of a confessor prior to the separation.Apostolates such as "Marriage Encounter" can prove to be a valuable aid in preventing marital breakup and in the restoration of Christian conjugal renewal.Parish support groups under the spiritual direction of a priest can be very valuable in offering effective ministry to the separated and "divorced" Catholic.All those involved in this ministry of love and truth must be ever mindful that these persons are not free to enter a second "marriage" since in the eyes of God and of His Church, they are married.The Widowed The parish community has the potential of healing, of relieving in a significant way the loneliness of the widowed within their midst. for love of God to abstain for the rest of their lives from sexual pleasure, in order to devote themselves more freely to the meditation of divine things and better experience the elevations of the spiritual life." Presuming the absence of any impediment, the widowed spouse is free to enter a second marriage.Though providing cultural and social opportunities of participation for the widowed can be very helpful. Pastoral counsel should always be sought and a charitable consideration should be given to attitudes of children and relatives.