Category Archives: Sacraments

Can a Priest Refuse to Hear Your Confession if He Knows You?

Q1:  I’d like to know if a priest can hear the confession of a Catholic who is married, but not in the Catholic Church?  If not, why not? –Joseph Q2:  I am an active parish volunteer at my local parish. … Continue reading

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Why Can’t These Priests Ever Celebrate a Valid Catholic Wedding?

Q1: Can a laicized Catholic priest ever validly marry a Catholic couple? —Courtney Q2: My best friend is going to marry a divorced Catholic man, and she asked me to be a bridesmaid… her pastor said that her fiancé would … Continue reading

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Can the Pope Validly Marry People on an Airplane?

Q: It would seem that [during his trip to Chile] Pope Francis received and blessed a couple who actually celebrated the sacrament of Holy Matrimony on the Pope’s flight. At first glance, according to your previous articles about canonical validity … Continue reading

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How Did My Ex Remarry in the Church, Since We Never Got an Annulment?

Q: My ex-husband and I are both Catholics.  We got married in my parish church.  We later were divorced but never got an annulment. Recently he got remarried in a civil ceremony.  They went on their honeymoon to [a major … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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