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Susan McKeye wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • If you are divorced and want to remarry but your annulment was denied can you get married and receive the sacraments?

Susan McKeye

  { If their annulment was denied, can a divorced Catholic remarry and receive the sacraments? }

Mike replied:

Hi Susan,

Thanks for the question.

No, you may not.

  • If the Church has determined that your original marriage was valid (by denying an annulment), if you remarry, you may not receive the sacraments.
  • If you did not remarry, you would still be able to receive the sacraments.

Upon the moral, natural passing of your husband, you would be able to re-marry and receive the sacraments.

If you entered into another valid marriage before the natural passing of your husband, that would be bigamy, and Our Lord made it clear in the Scriptures that Marriage is between one man and one woman for life, not two, three or more parties for life.

  • Does this make sense?


Fr. Jonathan replied:


You should seek out a Canon Lawyer and see if you have another case to present to the Tribunal. You might succeed on a different ground.

In any case, the Canon Lawyer can explain things to you.

Fr. Jonathan

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