Clarity on mixed faith marriage, pleasegreenspun.com : LUSENET : Catholic : One Thread
I read the postings about mixed-faith marriage, but would be very grateful for clergy clarification, as this is also my predicament. So if anyone reading this is actually a clergy person of the Catholic faith, may I please ask your help?....
I am a practicing Catholic man who wants to propose to a practicing Bahai woman. She is divorced from her Bahai marriage and has 3 children. This will be my first and only marriage.
Simple Question (and I pray for an equally simple, straight answer): If she attends the requisite marriage encounter meetings, may I marry her in a Catholic church? Again, any simple, direct answer from clergy is so appreciated! Many, many thanks to you. --Roman
-- Roman (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 02, 2004
take this to the top...
-- ZAROVE (ZAROFF3@JUNO.COM), November 02, 2004.
Hi Roman, there are not many clergy members who post here. If you don't get an answer, try talking to your priest or local Catholic diocese.
-- Emily ("email@example.com), November 03, 2004.
Paul is clergy, he is normally quick to respond.
-- Hugh (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 04, 2004.
Before you reach the point of pre-marital instructions,the principle issue you need to address is her previous marriage. The details of that marriage will have to be submitted to a marriage tribunal for determination of validity. If the tribunal determines that her previous marriage was not valid - in other words, that she is not currently married - then you would be free to pursue marriage.
Once that issue is properly addressed, marriage in the Catholic Church would be possible under the following conditions ...
- that you both attend required pre-marital instruction
- that you affirm that this marriage will not pose a danger to your Catholic faith
- that you promise that you will do all in your power to baptize your children Catholic and to raise them in the Catholic faith
- that your wife-to-be be duly informed of these obligations to which you are consenting
-- Paul M. (PaulCyp@cox.net), November 04, 2004.