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Margaret Glass wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What is the Church's stand on marrying a divorcee?
  • What is the Church's stand on marrying a non-Catholic?


  { What is the Church's stand on marrying a divorcee or non-Catholic? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Margaret —

A person who has been divorced, whose previous spouse(s) have not died, requires a declaration that those previous marriages were never valid from the beginning, before they can marry anyone.

This applies to both Catholics and non-Catholics; both parties must be unencumbered by valid past marriages not yet dissolved by death. The popular, if misleading, term for this declaration is
an annulment.


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