In this time of financial crisis, I cannot afford to pay my rent, as I am unemployed at this time and have been for a year. I’ve stretched it out as long as I could, but I’ve given my landlord final notice.
My fiance and I are planning to marry on May 9. As today is March 1st, my last day at my apartment is March 13. All of my things are being moved to his apartment, as we plan to live at his place, rather than mine - since it’s cheaper.
This issue is, it’s turning out that I would live with him for about 5 weeks, in two intervals: 1) three weeks until April 9. On April 9, I’m flying home to the US for the rest of the month and 2) plan to return at the begining of May to wrap up wedding arrangements, which is about 2 weeks. This equals about 5 weeks.
Question: if we were to live in seperate rooms? What is the moral Catholic stance on this? Neither of us can afford to pay for daily rental lease for an apartment or hotel for 5 weeks. That would cost more than my current apartment rate. Paying for nearly a month another $1200 for rent is beyond my means and also my fiance.
There’s also the issue of scandal - even if we aren’t doing anything wrong, living together would look like we’re doing something wrong. What if NO ONE knew about me living at his place for this short, period of time (3 weeks then 2 weeks).
BTW, I dont’ have any place to live (i.e. girlfriend) where I could crash during this time…
The only thing that popped into my head is to explain to my church priest about the situation and see if there’s anyone who’d take me in. But this could cause a problem in other ways because of my trying to prepare for a wedding. I need internet connection (I’m living in an Eastern European country and most people don’t have internet in their homes).
Thoughts and creative solutions are greatly appreciated!!!