Can Children Have Any Input in Their Parents’ Annulment Proceedings?

Q: If one or both of the parties to a marriage seeks an annulment in the Catholic Church, do the adult children of that marriage have any canonical rights to be informed of that process, involved in it, or have their opinions heard or represented in it?

It seems to me that the validity of the marriage which produced them is something that it is right and proper for a child to have an interest in. (I realize that the Church does not consider the children of an annulled marriage to be illegitimate—but surely the proper interests of a child in the validity of their parent’s marriage go beyond the mere question of their own legitimacy.) –Simon Continue reading

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Can You Marry Validly While Intoxicated?

Q: In a case where either bride or groom was inebriated at the time they exchanged vows, would the validity of the marriage take effect when the offending party regained sobriety?  Let’s say they continued to live as husband and wife for the following ten years. Curious. –Kevin Continue reading

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Can the Priest Refuse to Baptize Our Baby, Since We’re Married Outside the Church?

Q: I am a Catholic who was married in a Hindu ceremony, and now we have a baby girl. We wish to baptize her in the parish, but our priest is refusing to do that, since our marriage was not sacramented [sic] in any church. He says we need to convert my wife first into Christianity and thereafter we can do baptism of our daughter.
I request that you show me the way forward to do baptism of our daughter without converting my wife.  –Saji

(Later update:) The parish priest in consultation with the bishop asked us to rectify our marriage in the church.
I would request you to guide us further on this matter and how to take it forward without rectifying the marriage in Catholic Church. –Saji Continue reading

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Why Can’t He Get Married in the Church, If He’s Got an Annulment?

Q:  I’m dating a guy who got an annulment, and I’ve been assuming all along that maybe we’ll end up getting married.  Recently though I met his ex-wife totally by accident.  She has already remarried in [the Catholic] Church.  She kind of rolled her eyes and said some things to indicate that her ex (my boyfriend) can’t get remarried in Church.

Well that didn’t make any sense, so I just ignored it.  Until I mentioned it to him, that is, and he was evasive and tried to change the subject.  I can see he’s hiding something… I don’t understand how you could get your marriage annulled, and yet still be unable to marry again in Church.  How is that even possible? –April Continue reading

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Can You Become Catholic If You’re in an Irregular Marriage?

Q: A coworker and friend needs help with a really tough question about canon law. This one has stumped some of the best canonists in our area.

My friend is an Anglican who wants to convert to Catholicism badly. He is married and was never married before.  His wife was married before… she and her previous husband are both Fundamentalist Baptists (staunch anti-Catholics).

Obviously she needs an annulment for my Anglican friend to enter the Church. However, she doesn’t want him to become Catholic…. She is familiar enough with our canon law to understand that refusing to get an annulment is enough to keep him out of the Church. So she does this to try to force him to choose between the Church and her.

My friend is heartbroken over this. He knows the Catholic Church is the only true Church, and he wants in, but he is being kept out by his wife’s refusal to cooperate with the annulment process.

Is there any hope for him in canon law? Is there any way he can bring a case before the Church against her previous marriage, without involving her in the process? –Shane Continue reading

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