My Catholic daughter is considering marrying a divorced man who was married in a civil ceremony. Does our Church recognize this marriage or could she marry this man in the Church? By way of introduction, let us consider what constitutes a valid marriage. According to the Catholic Church, marriage is a covenant or partnership of life between a man and a woman, which is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children Catechism of the Catholic Church , no. What is required for a marriage to be valid is consent. A marriage is valid when two persons enter into the covenant with free and mutual consent.
Dating a divorced Catholic
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A: The issue of who may, and who may not, receive the Eucharist lawfully is a canonical question with deep theological roots. Consequently, the Church has spoken on this matter not merely in the Code of Canon Law, but also in the Catechism and in other theological contexts. As always, canon law follows theology, and the two are consistent, for they can never contradict each other. The code states that Catholics are not to be allowed to receive Holy Communion if they are under the penalty of excommunication or interdict, or obstinately persist in manifest grave sin c. Canon notes that as a rule, anyone who is conscious of grave sin may not celebrate Mass in the case of a priest or receive the Eucharist without previously having been to sacramental confession. Theologically, we Catholics know that we should not receive the Eucharist when we are in a state of grave sin.
To Date or Not to Date
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Francis issues law allowing for fast-track decisions and for appeals to be judged by local churches rather than the Vatican. The Vatican is making it much easier for Catholics to annul their marriages following a push by Pope Francis for reformation of a process long criticised for being complicated, costly and out of reach for many. Rules unveiled on Tuesday speed up the annulment process, with a fast-track procedure now available, and allow for appeals to be judged by a local church official rather than the Vatican in what represents a significant decentralisation of power away from Rome. He also emphasised that annulment ought to be free of cost. While the new rules will have a practical impact that will be felt by Catholics around the world, it is also turning on its head an ongoing and polarised debate within the Vatican about whether communion ought to be offered to divorced and remarried Catholics, which is currently not allowed unless the person has received an annulment.