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Mar 3 2013, 12:12 PM
Eric could leave the church and still remain a Catholic in good standing. Why shouldn't he leave if he realizes he loves Nicole? Makes neither a bad person IMO.
Depends on the circumstances. If he gives in to lust and sleeps with Nicole BEFORE he leaves, well Nicole would never live that down and Eric would leave the priesthood in shame. If he and Nicole decide they are in love and committed to being together for the rest of their lives, then that would be fine. But I suspect Nicole has a whole lot of growing up to do before she reaches that point. I'm new to the show, but I get the impression she tends to be reckless and impulsive in most of her life decisions. A decision like this requires much maturity, gravitas and forethought. Something Nicole clearly needs to work on.

As far as Eric is concered. I suspect he has a whole lot of guilt to work through. I still think there is more to this Neema in the Congo story that he has already told Nicole. Whatever happened, I think the resulting guilt Eric felt drove him into the priesthood. I think they're revisit his history in the Congo eventually and when that's resolved (probably with Nicole's emotional support) he might choose to leave the priesthood then.
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