I am dating a catholic girl and have been attending mass with her and I am considering converting to catholicism myself. We have also discussed marriage in the future and how we could get married in the catholic church since I am divorced. The two possibilities we have came across were Paulenes Privilege or an annulment but its been difficult finding good information on which would be better to pursue. If we do get married, it is still a ways off so she hasn’t talked to priest yet but we are trying to find out as many details ahead of time as possible.
Background: I consider myself a Christian but have never been baptized and rarely went to church but did pray and try to have a personal relationship with God. My ex-wife had never been baptized and I’m not sure how to describe her religious beliefs. She said she believe in God but I don’t know I would say she was a Christian. Well things didn’t work out and we were only married for about 2 years.
Since we were both unbaptized when married and I assume she still is, if I covert to catholicism will I be eligible for the Paulene Privilege? How does it work exactly? It sounds like I complete a form with questions abotu the marriage and witnesses who can attest to me not being baptized and more witnesses who can attest to she has not been baptized. Is this correct? How do I get in touch with people to be witness abotu her? It also sounds like she would have to complete a questionaire. What if she doesn’t want to or refuses? How long does it take to have the paulene privilege approved?
How about an annulment…based on the situation described would I qualify for an annulment? What does it entail and would it be better to try that then the paulene privilege? How long does that process take?
Thanks for the help