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Gloria G. wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am in love with a Catholic man but I am not Catholic.

He is a devout believer in his faith. I am not as religious but do not see myself converting at my age.

  • Is there anywhere that he and I can find acceptance in the Catholic Church?
  • If we marry, will the marriage be allowed in the Church?
  • If we marry outside of the Church, will there be any consequences to him?

Thank you for your help.


  { Not being a Catholic, what are the consequences if we marry outside of the Church? }

Paul replied:

Dear Gloria,

You could probably marry within the Church with a dispensation, unless there are impediments like a former marriage or a disbelief in marriage's essential elements that include:

  • permanent
  • faithfulness, and
  • an openness to children.

A very important question to ask, however, is whether this would truly be a good match knowing that faith and religious practice is at the core of a person.

Not being able to share the core of one's spouse could soon become very lonely. This would need a very sober discernment, preferably with a Catholic counselor [and/or] parish priest present to help properly guide both of you.



Gloria replied:

Gloria replied:

Thank you for your advice.

It is very helpful.


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