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Old Jan 7, '13, 8:30 pm
blessed_convert blessed_convert is offline
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Default Is canonical form required for Catholic and Orthodox marriage?

I am dating a man who is a divorced Catholic. He was married in a Russian Orthodox church without any coordination with his home parish/priest etc. He has been told (by a friend) that his annulment will be an informal case because lack of form. Do you know the rule on this? Thanks in advance
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Old Jan 8, '13, 6:50 am
Fr. Charles Grondin Fr. Charles Grondin is offline
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Default Re: Catholic and Orthodox marriage

When it comes to the Eastern Orthodox Churches his friend is incorrect. According to canon law:
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Can. 1127 1. ...Nevertheless, if a Catholic party contracts marriage with a non-Catholic party of an Eastern rite, the canonical form of the celebration must be observed for liceity only; for validity, however, the presence of a sacred minister is required and the other requirements of law are to be observed.
If he was married to someone who was free to marry and was married by a Russian Orthodox priest according to the Russian Orthodox norms of law then his marriage is considered valid by the Catholic Church. He would need a "full" annulment.
 

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