Here’s a hypothetical scenario for y’all:
A young Catholic couple gets married.
The wife, who is in the military, has to leave for war a couple months after the wedding.
It is soon discovered that the helicopter she was in crashed, and though they never found her body, she was presumed dead.
Husband is told that his wife is dead. Her family has a funeral ceremony for closure.
Husband moves on and a couple years later marries a new woman in his life… again, in the Catholic Church.
They start having children right away, and 10 years later they are still happily married with 3 young children.
One day, this man’s wife who had been pronounced dead 12 years ago, is found alive in a war prison. She is rescued, and brought back to the US.
Now, what is the man’s responsibility to his first wife… verses his current family?
What must be done in this case? Is the moral thing to do in this scenario to break up his current family and be faithful to his original wife?
Please share your thoughts on how the Church would want an issue like this to be handled!