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Anonymous wrote:

Hi, guys —

My wife and I wonder about the status of a child born of a marriage which has been annulled.

A friend of ours, who attends our church, recommended we ask you about this.

We asked our pastor — he thought that although the marriage is held in a sense to have never existed, the progeny of that marriage are still considered to be "legitimate".

  • Is there a theological verdict on this?


  { What is the status of a child born of a marriage which has been annulled? }

Eric replied:

Dear Anonymous —

There is indeed a juridical verdict on this. Legitimacy is a legal concept, not a theological one. The child is considered legitimate because the marriage was a putative one.
(See Canon 1137, Code of Canon Law )

A putative marriage is a marriage that has been celebrated in good faith by at least one of the parties, until both parties become certain of its nullity. (Code of Canon Law Canon 1061.3)

I hope this answers your question!

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