I sat through a good part of a movie called “Diary of a mad black woman” I thought it was well written and subversive. It portrayed the main characters as Christian, yet the main character left her husband and immediately ran to marry another man. The husband was portrayed as abusive and then redeemed through the kindness of the woman…etcetera…
What got me was the movie essentially portrayed the heroine as a good christian and someone who divorced because of bad times and remarried.
Now I am just a single 41 year old knucklehead but I am still callled to chastity but desire to understand authentic married love which should be self sacrificing(?) agape?
Is divorce then permissible?
9 And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.
What does except it be for fornication mean? Is there an instance where divorce is permissible? What did Jesus mean?
The movie upset me because it tried to fuse the idea of being a good christian with the idea of divorce and remarriage being compatible with that. I think it weakens the sacramental idea, particularly among those who do not have recourse to a magisterium.
Anyway, I am going to pray the divine mercy chaplet for all married people to have a good marriage. I may not “get it” but I can always help!
Any discussion would be appreciated, though I am particularly interested in Catholic POVs on what is the essence of the marriage bond and its indissolubility or lack thereof.