According to Scripture, divorce is permissible under two conditions. The first deals with infidelity on behalf of the other partner (Mat 5:32, Mat 19:9). Secondly, divorce in allowable if an unbelieving partner walks away from the marriage resulting in abandonment (1Corinthians 7:15). It is clear from the context of Scripture that reconciliation is preferred but God does allow divorce under these circumstances. From these various passages we see how seriously both the Holy Scriptures and the Catechism deal with marriage. However, as these truths are lived out in a Catholic’s life, a dilemma arises when confronted with the issue of divorce. The Roman Catholic caught in the tug of war of divorce is forced to abstain from receiving the Eucharistic sacrament (ccc1650 and 1665) and the Catechism states clearly that participating in the sacraments is necessary for salvation (ccc1129). As a way of getting around this teaching the Roman Catholic Church created the Catholic annulment and the Catholic teaching on marital separation.
The Scriptures, though, dear Catholic reader, teach that a person’s marital status does not prohibit the salvation of one’s soul. Matthew 12:31: Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men.