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Annie wrote:

Hello,

Last Easter, I was most joyously confirmed into the Catholic faith. I cannot begin to say how much peace and joy this has brought to my life.

Be that as it may, it was recently pointed out to me that I should not have been confirmed because my dear (Anglican) husband of over 20 years is divorced and I am not.

I plan to speak to my parish priest (ASAP) as soon as possible, but thought that I would ask for some help and guidance from your team as this is causing me some concern.

Thank you,

Annie

  { If my husband is divorced and I'm not, should I have been confirmed? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Annie —

Your parish priest will be able to guide you through any nuances, but I see no reason at all why you couldn't be confirmed.

In my opinion, the priest that prepared you to receive confirmation would have told you if there was an issue involved.

I wouldn't worry about it so WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!!

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Mary Ann replied:

Annie,

Welcome to the Church!

It is true that the marital situation would have been best addressed during your preparation, but it is not too late to seek an annulment of your husband's first union.

It would not really be an annulment, but a declaration that there was something in the marriage which kept it from being a sacramental union, a true marriage for a baptized person. ( I'm assuming your Anglican husband is baptized). There could be matters of consent, or understanding of what marriage is, or of pressure.

For instance, Anglicans and other Protestants sometimes include the possibility of divorce in their marriages. It is part of their understanding of marriage, and it can make a real marriage commitment impossible, and render the sacrament invalid (because one is not intending marriage as it truly is meant to be, permanent). So it is no insult to your husband's first union to ask him to seek an annulment for the sake of your peace.

There are some other aspects of this for which you should speak to your pastor, who is also the one who would start the annulment process.

Mary Ann

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