Does a baptised convert have to remarry?


#1

An Anglican lady has told me she wants to become a Catholic. She was previously civilly married to a Catholic but was divorced and has re-married a non Catholic. Will she have to get an annulment of her first marriage and will her present civil marriage have to be ratified by the Church?

Thank you.


#2

Catholics are obligated to follow canonical form. If a Catholic marries civilly then the marriage is invalid. So your Anglican friend’s first marriage only needs to be shown to lack canonical form.
Her second marriage is to a nonCatholic and so it is considered valid. It does not need to be blessed by the Church because the Church already recognizes it as valid.


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