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Lora Belk wrote:

Hi, guys —

I want to become a member of the Catholic Church. I have never been baptized. I have been married and am soon to be divorced.

  • What steps do I need to take?
  • Where do I start?
  • Will I be able to ever get married in the Catholic Church?

Lora B.

  { What steps does an unbaptized person, who will soon be divorced, need to become a Catholic? }

Mike replied:

Hi Lora,

Thanks for the question.

Over the past ten years there as been a growing number of visitors like yourself who are asking the same question. I created a section in our FAQ page for this reason. I would encourage you to read through that part of the site. This would ensure any answer I give is not incomplete in any way.

Just click the How do I become Catholic and related questions tab on this page:

If there are remaining questions on specific issues not cover on the FAQ page, just search our database using our AskACatholic search engine:

Seeing you may be preparing to take RCIA classes in the near future, I would encourage you to consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as faithful Catholics.

Fr. Jonathan may want to address your last question.


Fr. Jonathan replied:


From what I read, you are free to enter the Catholic Church if you decide to. I am sure you have heard of the RCIA program, but if you haven't, that is the program for learning about the Catholic Church. Contact you closest Catholic Church and see if they have a program.

If you some day want to get married again, and you have become a Catholic, the Church would consider you still bound by your oath at your first marriage. Therefore, you could not be married in the Catholic Church without going through some kind of process.

This is all highly technical for you to learn in an e-mail, so all I want to do is give you the key to an easier process:

If you become a Catholic and you do, some day, want to marry again, then meet with the priest and suggest to him that you try to do a Pauline Privilege instead of an Annulment.

Good luck.

Fr. Jonathan

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