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66. Bigamy as Cause of Irregularlity

1. An irregularity, in the technical sense in which weuse the term here, is any physical or moral defect which, by decreeof the Church, prevents a man from receiving the sacrament of holyorders. Now, bigamy (that is, a plurality of wives, a plurality ofmarriages) makes a man irregular. For he who is to administer thesacraments, must not himself be deficient with reference to thesacrament of matrimony. For marriage as a sacramentsignifies the union of Christ with the Church, and this is a unionof One with one.

2. A man who has one wife in law, and anotherin fact, is a bigamist, and incurs the irregularitymentioned above.

3. One who marries a non-virgin is adjudged irregular.

4. Baptism does not remove the fact of bigamy, nor theirregularity consequent upon bigamy.

5. In certain cases, it is possible for a bigamist to bedispensed from irregularity. {-Most of thisdiscussion of irregularity from a cause of bigamy is whollyirrelevant or meaningless today.-}

"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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