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Mary Murdoch wrote:

Hi, guys —

I'm a 50-year-old cradle Catholic who lives in the USA. I regularly attend Church (gratefully I go to a wonderful Catholic Church which is headed by a very holy priest). I am a confirmed Catholic who is not married nor do I have any children.

Anyway, my question is about a friend of mine who received his First Holy Communion as a child but was never confirmed. He is attending  RCIA  at a different parish and he was told that in order to be confirmed as a Catholic, he would need to have his two previous marriages annulled.

He is divorced from both former wives and he is not dating anyone, let alone planning on getting married.

  • Does he have to have his prior marriages annulled before he can be confirmed as a Catholic?

Thank you,


  { Does he have to have his prior marriages annulled before he can be confirmed as a Catholic? }

Mary Ann replied:

Mary —

He does not need to have his marriages annulled in order to be confirmed.

He does have to confess the second marriage, in case it was adulterous, but the person who is advising him is over zealously interpreting things.

Mary Ann

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