Good day to all of you.
I’ve got some questions that I need to have answered for a subplot on a book I’m writting. I want that particular point to be accurate, so please answer honestly, if you know what the real Catholic policy towards these points is, not your moral opinion (which is welcome, but don’t present it as canon!)
Let’s say a man has a steady relationship with a woman, but they aren’t married. He is very loving towards her, but she’s a bit of a loose cannon, and she leaves him without warning one day. He’s unable to find her again, and he doesn’t know she was pregnant with his child.
So, a short time latter, the man has his calling and decides to become a priest. As neither he, nor the order know he’s a parent, he’s allowed to do so.
Then, some years later, when he’s already ordered, the woman is about to die and she confesses to the priest that her daugther is also his.
Now, I know priests are allowed to adopt (with the necessasry permissions, and such), because I’ve already researched a bit about that. But in this particular case, can he be granted custody of his own biological daugther and still retain his priesthood?
That’s my main question. bu, in any case, let’s say I want to complicate things further: the woman had been living with an abusive man, who fathered a second child. Being that the priest was allowed to keep his biological daughter (which is the first thing I need to know to proceed), do you think he could be able to also adopt that younger child, now that the mother is dead and the father is in prison?
As I said, I simply want to know if it can be done, but as you can see, the case itself raises a lot of moral questions, so the debate can probably help my raise a lot of issues. And please be respectful about everyone’s opinions
PS. English isn’t my language, so I’m sorry if my writting is a bit confuse.