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Question 268:

Is a Christian girl allowed to marry her maternal uncle? What does the Bible teach on this question?

Answer:

According to the Book of Leviticus (chapter 18, 7-20):

“(7) You will not have intercourse with your father or your mother. She is your mother — you will not have intercourse with her. 

(8) You will not have intercourse with your father’s wife; it is your father’s sexual prerogative.

(9) You will not have intercourse with our sister, whether she is your father’s or your mother’s daughter. Whether she was born in the same house or elsewhere, you will not have intercourse with her.

(10) You will not have intercourse with your son’s or your daughter’s daughter; for their sexual privacy is your own.

(11) You will not have intercourse with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father. She is your sister; you will not have intercourse with her.

(12) You will not have intercourse with your father’s sister; for she is your father’s own flesh and blood.

(13) You will not have intercourse with your mother’s sister; for she is your mother’s own flesh and blood.

(14) You will not have intercourse with your father’s brother; you will not approach his wife. She is your aunt. 

(15) You will not have intercourse with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife; you will not have intercourse with her.

(16) You will not have intercourse with your brother’s wife; it is your brother’s sexual prerogative.

(17) You will not have intercourse with a woman and her daughter; nor will you take her son’s or her daughter’s daughter, to have intercourse with them. They are your own flesh and blood; it would be incest.

(18) You will not take a woman and her sister into your harem at the same time, to have intercourse with the latter while the former is still alive.

(19) You will not approach and have intercourse with a woman who is in the state of menstrual pollution.

(20) Furthermore, you will not have intercourse with your fellow-citizen’s wife; you would become unclean by doing so.“ 

(New Jerusalem Bible, London, 1985)

Referring to this text of the Book of Leviticus, Nr. 2387 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 

 

Incest designates intimate relations between relatives or in-laws with a degree that prohibits marriage between them. St. Paul stigmatizes this especially grave offence: ‘It is actually reported that there is immorality among you… for a man is living with his father’s wife…In the name of the Lord Jesus…you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh…’ (1 Cor. 5, 1. 4-5) Incest corrupts family relationships and marks a regression towards animalism.  Catechism, Nr. 2387

 

 

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