Divorced Catholic marrying non-Catholic

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My boyfriend and I are planning on getting married next year. I am a divorced catholic, I have not tried getting that marriage annulled. My boyfriend does not follow any religion, his family is non practicing muslims. My question is can we be married by a catholic priest in a non religious ceremony? And will our marriage cause any difficulty in raising our children catholic?

-- julia Morillas (julesym04@hotmail.com), August 04, 2004


Response to Divorced catholic marrying non catholic

Catholic priests don't preside at "non-religious" weddings. They preside at Catholic weddings. And, Catholics cannot be validly married in "non-religious" (civil) ceremonies. They can be validly married only within the Church. And that could not happen before you receive an annulment of your first marriage (assuming that marriage qualifies for annulment). Raising children is largely a matter of example. "Do as I say and not as I do" just doesn't work. If your marriage represents rejection of Church teaching, it would be pretty difficult raising children to believe that what the Church teaches really matters.

-- Paul M. (PaulCyp@cox.net), August 04, 2004.

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