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Sarah wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a divorced Catholic woman who has received an annulment.

  • What happens if I marry a divorced man who has not received a annulment?
  • Can we marry in the Church?
  • Can either of us receive the Eucharist?

Thank you.

Sarah

  { What happens if a Catholic woman marries a divorced man who has not received a annulment? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Sarah,

You both need to be free to marry for a valid marriage so you have to get his situation settled too.

Fr. Jonathan

Sarah replied:

Thank you Father!

To gain further insight.

If I married a divorced Catholic who was had not received a annulment, the marriage would not be valid and could never be validated even after he received a annulment.

  • So could we later remarry in the Church or would our first civil union need to be annulled?

Obviously, if I marry this person, neither of us can receive the Eucharist any longer.

  • Is this correct?

Thanks,

Sarah

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Hi, Sarah —

Once the marriage is valid, you can come back to Holy Communion.

So, to be more clear.

  1. Figure out his situation with a priest (he may or may not need an annulment.)
  2. Get married in the Church
  3. Go to Holy Communion

If you choose the other route getting civilly married first puts you in an invalid marriage and makes you unable to receive Holy Communion.

  1. Get his situation figured out with advice from a priest and obtain a possible annulment
  2. Get your civil marriage validated in the Church
  3. Come back to Holy Communion after going to Confession.

Fr. Jonathan

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