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John Summerfield wrote:

Hi guys,

My girlfriend and I are planning to get married next year. She is a Muslim and I am a Catholic.
I was informed that I need to secure a disparity of cult from the local bishop. The problem is,
my girlfriend is living in Canada and I am in England.

  • What are the requirements and documents needed for the disparity of cult and how long will it take before we can secure one?
  • Are there usually any problems?

Thank you,


  { What are the requirements for the disparity of cult and how long will it take before securing one? }

Mike replied:

Hi John,

Thanks for the question.

I do have concerns about this that I share in the following posting:

Fr. Jonathan can probably answer your questions.


Fr. Jonathan replied:

Hi, John —

The Disparity of Cult comes from the diocese of the Catholic. Therefore it will come from your home diocese in England.

Every diocese has some kind of protocol as to who is allowed to give a disparity of cult. This is delegated by the Bishop. Any parish priest in your diocese should know how to go about that.

It will involve you making the following promises:

  1. That you are planning to remain a Catholic
  2. That you will do all in your power to have any children baptized and raised as Catholics.

    Your fiancé doesn't have to make any promises, but she must be aware of your promises.

It shouldn't take very long. In my diocese, it takes at most a week.

Fr. Jonathan

John replied:

Thanks very much Mike.

Please pass on my thanks on to Fr. Jonathan.


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