Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines and Practices
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Homosexual Issues
Life and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
Church Internals
Church History

Sophie Coelho wrote:

Dear Friends,

I am a Catholic and recently one of my cousins married a divorcée in a registered marriage.

She has not yet received her annulment from the Church, hence there has been no Church marriage.

  1. Is the couple allowed to receive Holy Communion, and
  2. if they have children tomorrow, can they be baptized?
  3. Did I do wrong in signing as witness for their registered marriage?

Sophie Coelho

  { If she hasn't received an annulment can she receive Communion and should I have been a witness? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:


  1. The couple is prevented from receiving Holy Communion but they can work with their priest to resolve that.
  2. If there is founded hope that the child will be brought up Catholic then the child can be baptized.
  3. There is not a definitive answer to your question about whether you should have participated. The time to discuss this was before you did it, not after. I would speak about what went into your choice with you Confessor.

Fr. Jonathan

Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.