DISCLAIMER—This turned into somewhat of a long post; so if you get bored…I have written a short Reader’s Digest version at the end. (feel free to skip to that if you would like.)
I am a relatively new Catholic. Grow up in a Protestant house hold, was married with no children, which ended in divorce. During the divorce I realized that although I call myself a Christian, I was not living in a life style fitting the name, as it were. So I started thinking there had to be something said about the Catholic faith as it had held strong for over 2000 years. I began going to Mass, and now I go as close to daily as possible.
That all being said. I have felt for a while now a tug/pull, although I have tried to ignore it at times, to the Priesthood.
That being said two questions.
- If I choose to not apply for an annulment, could I still enter into the Priesthood?
Main reason I ask this is I have some issues internally with applying for an annulment as well as theological issues. I have talked with my Priest about the annulment and although annulments are hard to have approved, it seems my situation is a strong case. (possibility of fraud on her part as well as lack of understanding of the sacrament of marriage with both parties.)
- If I do get an annulment, could I enter the Priesthood?
I have talked to some people that said there is no way at all I could enter into the Priesthood even if I did get an annulment. Is that true?
In all things I just want to be obedient to God and do His will.
Short Reader’s Digest version:
I was married, got a divorce, became Catholic, have not applied for annulment but have been told I have a strong case, feel that I am called to the Priesthood. Can I enter the Priesthood? Would I have to have an approved annulment?