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Jackie K. wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was married by a priest who was laicized.

  • Is my marriage still valid?

I am seeking an annulment and didn't know if this makes a difference at all.

Thank you,


  { If I was married by a priest who was latter laicized, is my marriage still valid? }

Bob replied:

Dear Jackie,

The status of the priest does not make a difference. The sacrament of marriage is actually conferred by the two persons who are becoming spouses to each other. The priest, in effect, is only a witness.

Your annulment will be contingent upon some defect in the sacrament, i.e., imperfect consent.

If you or your husband did not give full consent to the marriage, by virtue of:

  • immaturity
  • mental health
  • youth
  • duress
  • not being open to children
  • etc.

it would be considered nullable.

Best wishes,

Bob Kirby

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