Deacons with kids


#1

Can a divorced man with a child become a deacon?Si


#2

I don’t know about divorced, but I do know married men with kids can.

I would assume that a man that has recieved an annulment could…

But divorce is not in keeping with Church teachings, so I doubt that he could. My (flawed) understanding is that a divorced person is still married as far as the Church is concerned.

Hope that helps

God bless


#3

That would depend on if the church recognised the marriage in the first place. Maybe you should check with a priest.


#4

Being divorced is with church teachings, but not remarrying. I’m not sure it would prevent you from being a deacon but talk to your priest/diocese about it.


#5

No divorce is not with Church teaching. If a marriage is a sacramental marriage, then it is binding for life. A decree of nullity is required for a divorced man to enter formation, priestly or diaconate. A decree of nullity is not a guarantee by any stretch of the imagination. We have a divorcee who is a priest in our diocese, no kids, and a divorcee in diaconate formation now who has kids. Both cases an annulment was granted before starting formation.


#6

[quote="jscofield, post:1, topic:282871"]
Can a divorced man with a child become a deacon?Si

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After a decree of nullity, yes if accepted by the diocesan bishop and diaconate committee.


#7

[quote="Lapey, post:6, topic:282871"]
After a decree of nullity, yes if accepted by the diocesan bishop and diaconate committee.

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Not to get to technical but it only takes the acceptance of the bishop. Any such vocations committee are only advisory bodies.

I only say this as this is something that a friend of mine ran into in the past.


#8

[quote="ByzCath, post:7, topic:282871"]
Not to get to technical but it only takes the acceptance of the bishop. Any such vocations committee are only advisory bodies.

I only say this as this is something that a friend of mine ran into in the past.

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You are right Byz, thanks for the clarification. It is definitely a support role which the committee plays. The Bishop is the authority.


#9

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