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Janusz Jasinski wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a Catholic. My partner is from the Church of England. She has now been divorced for four years. She got married in a civil ceremony, not in a church.

I wish to marry her. We both attend Mass. We have been with one another for a few years and we love each other very much. We would like to get married in a Catholic Church.

  • Will this be possible?



  { If she is from the Church of England and divorced, can we still marry in the Catholic Church? }

Mary Ann replied:


You would have to take your situation to your local pastor, as there are many possible variables.

Because marriage is monogamous and permanent, it is possible to be married in the Catholic Church only if her previous marriage is invalid for some reason.

In addition, if she:

  • is not baptized
  • wishes to now be baptized Catholic
  • and if her previous spouse does not wish to continue the union.

it is possible that her previous union could be dissolved by the Pauline Privilege.

Your pastor can help you find the factors for validity that may apply in her case.

In the meantime, you must both live chastely.

Mary Ann

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