Have I committed a mortal sin even if I didn’t want a divorce?

No. The Catholic teaching on divorce regarding a person who willingly abandons their spouse and children, for selfish reasons such as another relationship, an addiction to sex, pornography, a career, or simply wanting to be “free” of the obligations of marriage bears a tremendous responsibility before God, who is our sole Judge. We shall leave the judgment of the actions to God, knowing well, however, that the spouse’s actions have caused great, unjust devastation. However, an abandoned spouse, as well as a spouse who files for divorce for protection from abuse or other harmful situations has not committed a sin because of the divorce. This is explored more fully in the book.

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