Session XXIV – which is the eighth under the Supreme Pontiff, Pius IV, celebrated on the eleventh day of November, 1563

Decree Concerning The Reform Of Matrimony

Chapter VIII

Concubinage Is Severely Punished
It is a grave sin for unmarried men to have concubines, but it is a most grave sin, and one committed in singular contempt of this great sacrament, when married men live in this state of damnation and have the boldness at times to maintain and keep them in their homes even with their own wives. Wherefore, the holy council, in order to provide suitable remedies against this great evil, decrees that if these concubinaries, whether unmarried or married, whatever may be their state, dignity or profession, have not, after a threefold admonition in reference to this matter by the ordinary, also ex officio, put away their concubines and separated themselves from intimacy with them, they shall be punished with excommunication from which they shall not be absolved till they have in fact obeyed the admonition given them.[30] But if, regardless of censures, they shall continue in concubinage for a year, the ordinary shall proceed against them with a severity in keeping with the character of the crime. Women, whether married or unmarried, who live publicly with adulterers or concubinaries, if after a threefold admonition they do not obey, shall be punished severely in accordance with their guilt by the local ordinaries, even though not called upon by anyone to do so, and if the ordinaries should deem it expedient, they shall be expelled, even with the aid of the secular arm, if need be, from the city or the diocese; the other penalties imposed on adulterers and concubinaries shall remain in force

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TTGM Commentary:
The religious church by this immoral law moved in direct opposition to an established precept found in the Book of God (Bible) – Polygamy was promoted by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Why do we say this? God gave David wives and based on this 1563 law of man, God himself would have placed David in a sinful state all the days of his life. Do you believe God or man?

Again, for those not in the know, polygamy was sanctioned by God in the Old Testament; it was practiced during the New Testament and into the early church years. The Roman Catholic institution took it upon itself to issue the captioned law that effectively banned the practice of polygamy in 1563. Even Roman catholic priest had multiply concubines. The priests were told by the head catholic authority to divorce all their wives and not to have any more children (wicked and evil). Some of these outcast wives committed suicide.

In the following verses God said He gave David wives and if he (David) thought it was too little, He (God) would have given him (David) more (moreover).

(2Sam 12:7-8 [KJV])
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8 And I (God) gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.

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