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Anonymous wrote:


I am a devout Catholic:

  • born and raised Catholic, and
  • a (CCD/CFF) Confraternity of Christian Doctrine/Children's Faith Formation teacher who is very faithful to the Church

but I've encountered a unique situation. I have recently met a second cousin of mine and we have started to develop romantic feelings towards one another (not knowing we were related as second cousins). We can't seem to fight off these feelings and they are now too strong for us to simply back away.

  • Is it a sin to love and possibly marry a second cousin?

At the rate we're going, this is where our relationship is headed, but as a faithful and active Catholic I'd like to get a second opinion. I've been getting mixed answers from various priests.

  • Is it at all accepted or considered a sin?
  • Will I be turned away from the Church for continuing on with this relationship?

I appreciate your time and thoughtful consideration.

Hope to hear from you soon.


  { Is it a sin to love and eventually marry my second cousin? }

Eric replied:


From a canonical and moral perspective, you are free to marry a second cousin. Assuaging your family is a different issue!


Fr. Jonathan replied:


I agree with Eric.

Fr. Jonathan

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