Catholic FAQ


Latest Threads
newest posts



Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Catholic Living > Vocations
 

Welcome to Catholic Answers Forums, the largest Catholic Community on the Web.

Here you can join over 400,000 members from around the world discussing all things Catholic. Membership is open to all, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who seek the Truth with Charity.

To gain full access, you must register for a FREE account. Registered members are able to:
  • Submit questions about the faith to experts from Catholic Answers
  • Participate in all forum discussions
  • Communicate privately with Catholics from around the world
  • Plus join a prayer group, read with the Book Club, and much more.
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. So join our community today!

Have a question about registration or your account log-in? Just contact our Support Hotline.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search Thread Display
  #1  
Old Oct 20, '06, 6:41 pm
whatevergirl whatevergirl is offline
Forum Elder
Greeter
Prayer Warrior
 
Join Date: April 7, 2006
Posts: 23,255
Religion: Roman Catholic
Default Can divorced men become priests?

If they have annulments...can they become priests? Always have pondered that...anyone know?
__________________


It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. ~St. Francis of Assisi
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old Oct 20, '06, 7:54 pm
Animadversor Animadversor is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: September 7, 2006
Posts: 48
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

There is no doctrinal or canonical obstacle that I know of. After all, if widowers, who have certainly been married, can become priests, then men who have never in the eyes of the Church been married certainly can. I seem to remember that in the past—I mean here the early Middle Ages and before—that even married men could become priests, provided that their wives consented, that they separated from their wives and that they took a vow of perpetual continence.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old Oct 20, '06, 8:18 pm
scared scared is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: October 28, 2005
Posts: 168
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

Yes, if they receive annulments and are accepted into the seminary they can become priests. Our current parish priest was previously married, received his annulment and went on to become a priest. There is also a priest in a city that I am aware of that received an annulment and is the father of a young child and he was accepted and has become a priest.

scared
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old Oct 21, '06, 12:24 am
lak611 lak611 is offline
Forum Elder
 
Join Date: September 9, 2006
Posts: 17,744
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

Quote:
Originally Posted by whatevergirl View Post
If they have annulments...can they become priests? Always have pondered that...anyone know?
If a man is divorced and gets an annulment, he can become a priest. A couple of years ago, there was a man in the Diocese of Cleveland who was divorced (had his marriage annulled), remarried, and his wife died. After the death of his wife, he entered the seminary and was ordained a priest.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old Oct 25, '06, 6:42 am
Ryan Smith Ryan Smith is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: October 5, 2006
Posts: 17
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

Quote:
Originally Posted by scared View Post
Yes, if they receive annulments and are accepted into the seminary they can become priests. Our current parish priest was previously married, received his annulment and went on to become a priest. There is also a priest in a city that I am aware of that received an annulment and is the father of a young child and he was accepted and has become a priest.

scared
Does this not make him the father of an illegitimate child if his marriage never took place?
Annulments seem to given out too easily in some places. Too bad that modern moral relativism finds its way in to our midst.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old Oct 25, '06, 6:56 am
scared scared is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: October 28, 2005
Posts: 168
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

From what I understand even if the marriage is annulled the children from that union are legitamate. I wonder how, but that is what I have been told.

Yes, I agree what happened until death do us part?

I know is some situations it is for the good, abusive relationships, adultry and such, but just some of the other reasons are really questionable.

scared
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old Oct 25, '06, 9:39 am
Friar David, O.Carm Friar David, O.Carm is offline
Forum Master
Book Club Member
 
Join Date: June 8, 2004
Posts: 12,750
Religion: Byzantine Ruthenian "Traditional" Catholic
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

It depends on the diocese.

I know of a couple of dioceses that will not accept men who have annulments but there is no canonical impediment.

Every religious order I have come across will accept such men.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old Oct 25, '06, 10:53 am
puzzleannie puzzleannie is offline
Forum Elder
 
Join Date: September 7, 2004
Posts: 37,470
Religion: Catholic no adjectives
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ryan Smith View Post
Does this not make him the father of an illegitimate child if his marriage never took place?
Annulments seem to given out too easily in some places. Too bad that modern moral relativism finds its way in to our midst.
this is off topic. Annulment has no effect whatever on the status of children. If you want to discuss anullments please go to the threads on that topic. This topic is about the priesthood.
__________________
Whatever the Lord pleases He does, on heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. Ps. 135
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old Oct 25, '06, 11:23 am
tee_eff_em's Avatar
tee_eff_em tee_eff_em is offline
Veteran Member
Forum Supporter
 
Join Date: May 19, 2004
Posts: 10,626
Send a message via AIM to tee_eff_em Send a message via Yahoo to tee_eff_em
Cool Re: Can divorced men become priests?

Even a man without an annulment may be ordained, if he is granted dispensation by the Apostolic See. (cf. a recent thread "Divorced" Priests).

And: Yes, Canon 1137 explicitly legitimates children of putative marriages (not that such status means much).

tee
__________________
THE REPUTATION SYSTEM WANTS TO BE FREE
Homestyle Catholic
Dominae dominique: Elvis ex aedificio exiit!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old Oct 25, '06, 12:10 pm
Corki's Avatar
Corki Corki is offline
Forum Master
 
Join Date: November 22, 2005
Posts: 13,954
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

We had a divorced man ordained in this diocese a few years ago. It was public knowledge that he was divorced (his ex-wife and children attended the same parish where he served as a deacon) but not whether he had his prior marriage annuled. He had to appeal to the Vatican several times before his ordination was approved.
__________________
“Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights -- for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.” Saint John Paul II

"It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life." Pope Francis
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old Oct 25, '06, 1:26 pm
Ryan Smith Ryan Smith is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: October 5, 2006
Posts: 17
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

Quote:
Originally Posted by puzzleannie View Post
this is off topic. Annulment has no effect whatever on the status of children. If you want to discuss anullments please go to the threads on that topic. This topic is about the priesthood.
Because the subject revolved around divorced men becoming priests how can the subject of annulments not be germaine to the discussion?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old Oct 25, '06, 6:29 pm
Friar David, O.Carm Friar David, O.Carm is offline
Forum Master
Book Club Member
 
Join Date: June 8, 2004
Posts: 12,750
Religion: Byzantine Ruthenian "Traditional" Catholic
Thumbs down Re: Can divorced men become priests?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ryan Smith View Post
Because the subject revolved around divorced men becoming priests how can the subject of annulments not be germaine to the discussion?
No, the issue of illegitimacy that you have brought up has nothing to do with this topic.

Not to mention that it has nothing to do with annulments either as the children of parents who have had their marriage declared null are not illegtimate because all an annulment states is that a Sacramental Marriage did not occur, it does not say that a Civil Marriage did not occur.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old Oct 25, '06, 6:51 pm
Sir Knight Sir Knight is offline
Banned
Book Club Member
 
Join Date: June 9, 2004
Posts: 7,611
Religion: Roman Catholic
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

Quote:
Originally Posted by scared View Post
what happened until death do us part?
An annulment does not end an exisitng marriage. Instead, it recognizes that the marriage wasn't valid from the beginning and therefore, the marriage does not exist.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old Oct 25, '06, 7:02 pm
decn2b decn2b is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: November 14, 2005
Posts: 568
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

My personal opinion on the whole thing is that it causes scandal. How many Catholics say, " hey a divorced priest" "cool the Catholics allow divorce".
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old Oct 25, '06, 7:14 pm
whatevergirl whatevergirl is offline
Forum Elder
Greeter
Prayer Warrior
 
Join Date: April 7, 2006
Posts: 23,255
Religion: Roman Catholic
Default Re: Can divorced men become priests?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ryan Smith View Post
Does this not make him the father of an illegitimate child if his marriage never took place?
Annulments seem to given out too easily in some places. Too bad that modern moral relativism finds its way in to our midst.

it's funny you say this, because i always felt that way too...until the priest of my parish explained annulments as God's mercy being offered through our Church. Think about it--suppose you made a grave mistake by getting a divorce...and there's no way to reconcile...and a child was conceived...wouldn't you want God to be merciful? ever since that sermon, i never look at annulments as easy handouts from our Church; rather, i view them as God's infinite mercy for understanding the messes us humans can sometimes make of our lives.
__________________


It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. ~St. Francis of Assisi
Reply With Quote
Reply

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Catholic Living > Vocations

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search Thread
Search Thread:

Advanced Search
Display

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump



Prayer Intentions

Most Active Groups
8458Meet and talk,talk talk
Last by: GLam8833
5145CAF Prayer Warriors Support Group
Last by: Vim71
4424Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother
Last by: DesertSister62
4037OCD/Scrupulosity Group
Last by: eschator83
3863SOLITUDE
Last by: beth40n2
3738Let's empty Purgatory
Last by: RJB
3321Petitions Before the Blessed Sacrament
Last by: grateful_child
3284Poems and Reflections
Last by: PathWalker
3224Catholic Vegetarians & Vegans
Last by: 4elise
3110For seniors and shut- ins
Last by: flower lady



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:02 am.

Home RSS Feeds - Home - Archive - Top

Copyright © 2004-2014, Catholic Answers.