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Could Canon Law be Changed to Permit Gay Marriage?

Q: Many countries today have legalized gay marriage. Could such a marriage ever be possible in the Catholic Church?  Is it automatically invalid because they can never consummate the marriage or have children? I worry that governments might try to force … Continue reading

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Why Doesn’t the Church Publish Marriage Banns Any More?

Q: Why don’t parishes publish marriage banns like they used to? I remember our priest reading them from the pulpit every Sunday before the homily, years ago. Assuming that there was a good reason for publishing banns in the first … Continue reading

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Can a Catholic Remarry When a Spouse is Missing/Presumed Dead?

Q: I was explaining the basic notions about marriage to a group of teens and they created a hypothetical scenario: A couple is on a trip in their boat. One morning the wife awakes and notices that her husband is … Continue reading

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Why Would Non-Catholics Get an Annulment?

Q:  As a non-Christian I was civilly married (no kids), that marriage in civil divorce. Later I found faith (I’m Catholic now) and met a wonderful man with whom I’m in love. He’s Catholic too.  I found out that we … Continue reading

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Why Can a Parish Priest Annul This Marriage?

Q: My daughter stopped practicing her faith when she left home, and was married in a civil ceremony to a non-Catholic man.  The mayor of their city married them.  After a few years, the marriage ended in divorce, no children. … Continue reading

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