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Kaye San Pedro wrote:

Hi, guys —

Good day.

  • Does the Catholic Church here in the Philippines allow marriage between a third or fourth cousin once removed?

Thank you.

Kaye

  { Does the Catholic Church allow marriage between a third or fourth cousin once removed? }

Bob replied:

Kaye,

I know not of laws specific to the Philippines, but the Catholic Church has no law prohibiting such a marriage.

Generally, prohibition extends only to first cousins but there have even been dispensations for that in history so absenting local law, there is no problem.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Hi, Kaye —

Bob's answer is fine but he said:
Generally, prohibition extends only to first cousins but there have even been dispensations for that in history.

In my diocese, we do first cousin dispensations at least once a year.

Fr. Jonathan

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