Are the annulment requirements different for a divorced Catholic who was married in a protestant church & who wants to marry again in the Catholic church?


#1

And what are the rules about dating a divorced Catholic whose previous 2 marriage ceremonies were performed in protestant churches?


#2

See your parish priest regarding an annulment. No one here can do anything but speculate.

The Church has no rules regarding dating. Just keep it pure.


#3

Good answer. Thank you!


#4

To answer the title question, it depends. Did the Catholic receive a dispensation from form to marry in another denomination (first marriage). If yes, was there a declaration of nullity before marriage 2? Did marriage 2 involve a dispensation?


#5

Except that if someone is married, they shouldn’t be dating, nor you dating them. That applies equally to one who is divorced without annulment where one is needed.


#6

Very good questions. I will have to investigate to learn the answers.


#7

Got it. Thank you.


#8

If the person married after Catholic baptism, then keep in mind that a Catholic is bound to marry with the approval of the Catholic Church, so without approval, there is no valid marriage formed. A documentary process can occur by showing the marriage license and baptismal certificate.


#9

Are the annulment requirements different for a divorced Catholic who was married in a protestant church & who wants to marry again in the Catholic church?

Did he have the appropriate dispensation from form to marry in a Protestant Church? The marriage tribunal investigation is about whether either of the first two marriages are valid. The fact he may want to marry again is entirely beside the point.

what are the rules about dating a divorced Catholic whose previous 2 marriage ceremonies were performed in protestant churches?

Again, the only question is: Is he validly married? If he is, he should not be “dating.”


#10

Is this guy looking into these things (with his pastor)? Be very careful. That is NOT a good history.

But if he has had a profound conversion and is seeking to be right with Jesus and whether or not he is free to marry, then make sure that happens before getting emotionally attached.

If the Church finds him free to Marry, then, learn about EVERYTHING which would prevent a valid marriage in the Lord from occurring if you seek Marriage.

Do not let Satan get the upper hand. He desperately wants to!


#11

Wonderful. Thank you.


#12

Thank you. I was just wondering what the Catholic church requires him to do before dating (and if dating is even allowed before said requirements are fulfilled) & eventually marrying in the Catholic church.


#13

Right! Thank you!


#14

What is your definition of “dating”?

Normally, it is to spend romantic time together with the pursuit of Marital commitment, or with a discernment whether or not to do so.

Sexual relations are a benefit of Marital Commitment, not dating.


#15

I agree completely & he is a self-controlled & patient man.


#16

Good.

You don’t need to tell me, but why did he try to marry these other women apart from the Catholic faith? And what did he learn about those mistakes?

These aren’t judgmental questions. They are valid questions you must be able to talk about with him if you will be compatible for Marriage.

I know it might sound “unromantic” but it actually is romantic. They are intimate questions which you should feel joy and comfort when discussing. It’s when talking about the intimate questions does not feel romantic that should be a sign that an intimate commitment is not a good idea. But if you love how those conversations go, then you are compatible for intimate commitment.


#17

Believe me, I’ve asked all those questions! We have been dating 3 1/2 months & I continue to be in awe of his character. He has a deep faith in Jesus, just not the Catholic church. he’s agreed to meet with our pastor. I’m encouraging him to do this in order for him to get answers to his many questions & to prepare himself for his first confession in many decades. He does not receive the host when we attend Mass & I’m hoping he’ll go to confession soon so that he can.

His first wife, a high-school sweetheart, decided she didn’t want to be a wife anymore & has never remarried in 30 years. She is a fabulous grandmother to his grandchildren & they have a good relationship. The second wife had a midlife crisis & chose to have at least 2 affairs (there could be more). He wanted to work things out with her, so they tried counseling, but she wanted to leave the 17-year marriage to move in with her boyfriend. What happened was that they stopped going to church & their marriage fell apart as a result. He now realizes this. He is grateful to me for bringing him back to the church. He stopped going to Mass & just went along with whatever church the wife wanted to attend. The first was a Lutheran church & the second, a Methodist.


#18

He did not have deep faith in Jesus when he married those women outside of the Catholic faith.

Does he see this now?

Does he now believe in the indissolubility of Marriage, even if his spouse becomes an adultress and/or abandons him?

Or is he still at odds with this Teaching of Jesus?


#19

If he was baptized Catholic you will likely find that his are simply administrative processes.


#20

These annulments should be relatively simple.

His consent to the Sacrament of a new Marriage is what the OP should be concerned about.


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