[quote=chevalier]Well, yes, but God isn’t affected by human rulings on the matters of faith - He may influence them, of course, but it doesn’t work the other way round. Jesus didn’t tighten the marital boundaries on a whim, but He said it was how God always wanted and how it was in the beginning.
You seem to be missing a vital point here–that men did not do as God would have liked them to do, they strayed from the truth, which is why Jesus corrected this practice.
My point is, what a Catholic moral theologian would say about a girl who did the same. Let’s call Ahasuerus El Presidente, Esther can be Carmen and Vashti Mercedes. Mordekain can be Ramone. El Presidente decides to get rid of the local Catholic community some time after stopping talking to Mercedes, Ramone comes up with a plot involving Carmen and the rest goes the familiar way.
Next, polygamy. If God used to extend the allowance so as to allow the holy figures of the Old Testament to use it for holy ends, why does the Catechism say:
God never “allowed” people to sin for good ends. People simply didn’t follow God’s intentions and whenever they didn’t bad things happened. In Esther’s case she was forced into a marriage by a pagan king. She had no choice in the matter. The sin wasn’t hers but the king’s. God didn’t allow the man to sin in order to save the Jews, but he recognized that Esther was not responsible for being forced into marriage. The religious leaders of the Jews and the rabbis down through the centuries certainly understood what her position was and what sins had been committed by whom. I think we can bow to their judgment and to that of Jesus who never condemned Esther but who certainly would have if he thought her actions needed to be corrected in the minds of the people.
Plan revealed from the beginning, not in accord with the moral law, conjugal communion radically contradicted?
Not by Esther, a woman of faith who did what she could under the circumstances in which she found herself. Besides, the point of Esther’s story, the reason the author of Esther wrote of it, was to show how God preserved the Jews from annihilation, not to comment on the laws of marriage.
You have to keep foremost in your mind what the author intended not what you think you see in the story that violates this or that law, as you understand it. The Church discourages private interpretation not only of the Bible but of any Church document because people get themselves into moral/theological pickles they aren’t equipped to handle and so become confused or worse, lose their faith or settle for a less full expression of the faith in order to work out their personal dilemmas with Church teaching.
As I’m sure you are aware, the Church isn’t ignorant of the story of Esther or of any other incident in the OT. You may want to consult an orthodox OT expert on the subject if it is truly bothering you to the point of losing your faith.