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Adultery

  1. Dec 13, 2004 #1
    Does adultery mean "having sex with a person who is not your spouse" ?
     
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  4. Dec 13, 2004 #3
    Yes. (filler to beat the 10 character minimum)
     
  5. Dec 13, 2004 #4

    Tom Mattson

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    No, it doesn't mean that. To qualify as adultery, at least one of the participants must be married, and the other person must not be the spouse of the former. Saint's definition would apply to sexual intercourse between two unmarried people, which is not adultery. In Saint-speak, that would be called fornication.
     
  6. Dec 13, 2004 #5
    Hey Saint ! you have some action on the side?
     
  7. Dec 13, 2004 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    ...though the defintions have changed over time
    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01163a.htm
     
  8. Dec 13, 2004 #7
    i thought fornication and adultery are of the same meaning?

    if i go to get prostitute, am i adulterer?
     
  9. Dec 13, 2004 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    Didn't you understand the answers?
     
  10. Dec 13, 2004 #9

    Moonbear

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    In spite of Ivan's more archaic definition, if you're married, then yes, you're an adulterer if you go to a prostitute. If you aren't married, then no, it's not adultery. Problems at home that you need to ask about this?
     
  11. Dec 13, 2004 #10
    if my wife had cervical cancer and she can not make love with me,
    i then go to get prostitute, can i excuse myself that i am not an adulterer?
     
  12. Dec 13, 2004 #11
    how about polygamy,
    having >1 wife,
    is this man adulterer?

    Does USA laws allow you to register >1 wife?
     
  13. Dec 13, 2004 #12

    Moonbear

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    No, that would just make you a disgusting cretin to cheat on your wife when she's sick!
     
  14. Dec 13, 2004 #13

    Moonbear

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    If it's legal and they are all wives, no.

    Nope. One wife at a time in the US. I'm sure that just destroys your dream of moving to the US one day.
     
  15. Dec 13, 2004 #14
    if you have a mistress, and she has a child of yours, in USA, can you register this child as your child? You his/her father?
    In malaysia, when you want to register your baby, the registrar will ask for a copy of your and your wife's identity card and your marriage certificate plus the hospital's letter, to verify that you and your wife are the true father/mother of this newborn baby. Without that, this baby is illegitimate!

    in USA, can you go to the office to register the baby born by your mistress, put down the name of your mistress as his/her mother, and you the father ?
     
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  17. Dec 13, 2004 #16

    Evo

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    There is a tribe in the Amazon where women have multiple husbands.

    Saint, I think cheating on a spouse that is ill is even more despicable than cheating on a healthy one.
     
  18. Dec 13, 2004 #17

    Moonbear

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    The mother fills out the birth certificate paperwork. If she isn't married, she can choose to not name a father for the child at all.

    What is with your obsession with sex and cheating?
     
  19. Dec 13, 2004 #18

    Moonbear

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    I agree! I think only the lowest form of life would cheat on a sick spouse.
     
  20. Dec 13, 2004 #19
    if the husband frankly told the wife that he needs sex,
    since the wife can't do it,
    and she allow him to have sex outside, anything wrong?
    do you expect the husband to stay in celibacy for his whole life?
     
  21. Dec 13, 2004 #20
    let's say the husband is impotent due to accident or what,
    and the wife is normal,
    do you expect the wife to Live Without Sex for her whole life?
     
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