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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:

Sophie,

  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

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