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Justin Hightower wrote:

Hi, guys —

I believe I have a calling to the Church and I have a question regarding marriage.

I am married to a non-Christian. She is Jewish and this is my first marriage. She was married before to a Jewish man had a Jewish wedding but divorced some years later.

  • Would any of that be a problem for me entering the Church?

We were married in a civil ceremony. I was baptized in the Lutheran Church as an infant but have not really been a practicing Christian in any Church.

Thank you and God bless.


  { Would the marital history of my Jewish wife be a problem for me entering the Catholic Church? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:


Based upon the Catholic theology of marriage, we believe that you are not validly married because your wife is not free to marry you since we believe her first marriage is a valid union.

You should speak to the priest so that this can be handled prior to your coming into the Catholic Church.

Based upon what you have said, the process known as the Favor of the Faith is the best way for you to go with this.

Again — speak with your parish priest.

Fr. Jonathan

Justin replied:

Hi Fr. Jonathan,

Thank you for your prompt reply.

I will talk to a parish priest.

God Bless.


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