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Matthew Thomp wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a Catholic friend who was married in the Episcopal church because it was the bride's church. Now he has been asked to be a godparent and was told he cannot because he was married in the Episcopal church.

  • Can he have his marriage blessed in the Catholic Church?

Matthew

  { Can my Catholic friend who was married in an Episcopal church get his marriage blessed? }

Paul replied:

Matthew,

If your friend got a dispensation from the Catholic Church to marry in another church, and if he had an official Catholic witness present there in the form of a priest or deacon, he would be validly married. However, I assume, by your question, that this wasn't the case.

Personally, I don't like the term "blessed" when it comes to declaring a marriage either valid or null and void by the Church. A marriage of a Catholic that marries outside the Catholic Church is presumed un-blessed and invalid. An invalid marriage is not simply a marriage without a blessing, but rather a non-marriage.

Your friend should see his pastor about making this union a valid marriage. In the meantime, your friend should refrain from all marital relations until or unless this occurs.

Remember, the authority of the Catholic Church is the authority of Christ. What the Church sees as invalid is presumed to be invalid in the eyes of God.

Peace,

Paul

Mary Ann replied:

Matthew —

He can have his marriage convalidated in a simple ceremony, but he should be aware that, until that time, his marriage is invalid if he married outside the Church without a dispensation.

Mary Ann

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