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Jeff wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am in the early stages of becoming a Catholic. My question is about the sacrament of Marriage.

Twenty-eight (28) years ago I married a wonderful lady who had been divorced. This has been my only marriage. She was raised Catholic but was never confirmed.

  • What effect might this have on my Confirmation?

Thanks,

Jeff

  { What effect will my marriage to a wonderful, divorced Catholic woman have on my Confirmation? }

Mary Ann replied:

Jeff,

Tell this to your pastor so that it can be addressed before your Confirmation. You may or may not have a problem, depending on whether:

  • her first marriage was valid, and
  • that spouse is still alive.
  1. Perhaps she, a Catholic, was married only civilly, in which case, the marriage was not valid.
  2. Perhaps his or her understanding of marriage was defective, or
  3. Perhaps they married under some sort of pressure.
  4. Perhaps one of them did not want children.

All of these things, and many others, impact the validity of a marriage. Don't worry, but get the process started.

Your wife would have to be the one to get the process started.

Mary Ann

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