Q1: Can I be received into the Catholic Church if I was not married by a Catholic priest? –Rachel
Q2: I was divorced from a Catholic in 2012. Our marriage was not in a Catholic Church nor administered by the Catholic clergy. I am not Catholic, but I am in RCIA classes now and looking forward to becoming baptized in the Catholic Church this Easter.
There are some questions on whether the Church can proceed with my baptism prior to invalidating this previous marriage. My Church is telling me I must receive my ex’s baptismal certificate, to invalidate the marriage, or I cannot be baptized. My ex will not cooperate with this request. She will under no circumstance make available her baptismal record, or reveal in what Church she was baptized. My deacon called her and she refused cooperation with him as well.
Can you enlighten me on any recourse I might have to be able to proceed with baptism? Can I receive special dispensation from the Church to proceed with my baptism? –Jim Continue reading