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Pat Robertson Backtracks on Divorce, Alzheimer's Comments

"Please know that I never would tell anybody to leave their sick spouse," broadcaster says on 700 Club. I'm not giving a theological [defense]; I'm not John Calvin giving the Institutes of the Christian Religion."

Pat Robertson said this week that comments he made on divorce and Alzheimer's were "misinterpreted."

"I want to say I envy the Catholic priest, because when they have someone in confession it's all kept secret," Robertson said and laughed. "When I have somebody asking me for advice, it spreads worldwide and it's misunderstood."

Robertson recapped the story, saying, "Basically I'm saying, adultery is not a good thing, and you might as well straighten your life out, and the only way to do it is to kind of get your affair with your wife in order."

Robertson suggested earlier this month that it would be understandable for someone to divorce a spouse who has Alzheimer's. A viewer asked Robertson how to address a friend who was dating another woman while his wife has Alzheimer's. "I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something he should divorce her and start all over again," he said at the time.

He said Monday on the 700 Club that he wasn't giving "general teaching for the world." Robertson ...

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