Can a divorced man become a priest?


#1

Can a man that was civilly married outside of the Catholic church then divorced become a preist?
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#2

[quote="KWR_1, post:1, topic:259962"]
Can a man that was civilly married outside of the Catholic church then divorced become a preist?
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Assuming he receives a formal Declaration of Nullity for his putative marriage to prove that he is single, he could certainly pursue a vocation to the priesthood.


#3

[quote="jmcrae, post:2, topic:259962"]
Assuming he receives a formal Declaration of Nullity for his putative marriage to prove that he is single, he could certainly pursue a vocation to the priesthood.

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What he said except.....

A diocese/religious community is free to set up any restrictions they wish.

I know of at least one diocese that will not accept with with annullments as candidates for the priesthood.


#4

[quote="ByzCath, post:3, topic:259962"]
What he said except.....

A diocese/religious community is free to set up any restrictions they wish.

I know of at least one diocese that will not accept with with annullments as candidates for the priesthood.

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Do you have any ideas on why that might be?

Just curious whether they might regard a failed marriage as a mark of unfitness of character for the job.


#5

I’ll let Brother David answer your question, since he knows the diocese mentioned, but it may be worth saying that some religious institutes make the same exclusion; and that I have heard of both dioceses and religious institutes that will not accept people for formation if they have made a previous attempt at same in another setting. This isn’t common, however - to my knowledge at least.


#6

The diocese I know of that does this states that they wish to avoid any possible cause of scandal.


#7

[quote="ByzCath, post:3, topic:259962"]
What he said except.....

A diocese/religious community is free to set up any restrictions they wish.

I know of at least one diocese that will not accept with with annullments as candidates for the priesthood.

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I am also aware of at least one diocese that will not accept someone with an annullment as a candidate for the permanent diaconate, even if that individual is currently in a regular, church-recognized stable marriage.


#8

Thankyou, Br David, for answering my question - your answer has cleared up a potential misunderstanding on my part. Thankyou also to the other posters for their information.


#9

Our last Pastor was divorced. He is an excellent Priest.


#10

This is too bad but I can see it from the scandal aspect.


#11

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