Definition of Pauline privilege
: the option available to a previously unbaptized person who becomes a Roman Catholic after marriage to another unbaptized person of dissolving the marriage through legal action undertaken with the consent of ecclesiastical authority if the other person refuses to become a Catholic and impedes the convert's practice of religion
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Origin and Etymology of pauline privilege
so called from its being based on Paul's doctrine in 1 Corinthians 7:12–17
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