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About the authorCathy Caridi, J.C.L., is an American canon lawyer who practices law and teaches in Rome. She founded this website to provide clear answers to canonical questions asked by ordinary Catholics, without employing all the mysterious legalese that canon lawyers know and love. In the past Cathy has published articles both in scholarly journals and on various popular Catholic websites, including Real Presence Communications and Catholic Exchange.
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Tag Archives: divorce
If My Ex-Spouse Dies, Does That Make My Second Marriage Valid?
Q1: My first husband and I were married in the Church but then we divorced. I later married again in a non-Catholic ceremony. My first husband just passed away. Does that mean my second marriage is now valid? –Carrie Q2: … Continue reading
If the Church Has Never Permitted Divorce, Why Did Henry VIII Expect the Pope to Give Him One?
Q: I understand that the Catholic Church does not approve of divorce. But I do not understand why Henry VIII asked the Pope to grant him a divorce from his wife, and expected the Pope to grant it. Was there … Continue reading
Posted in Marriage, Sacraments, The Pope Tagged annulment, canon law, Catholic, divorce, Henry VIII, marriage Comments Off on If the Church Has Never Permitted Divorce, Why Did Henry VIII Expect the Pope to Give Him One?
Divorce, Remarriage, and Excommunication
Q: My coworker is Episcopalian, but I discovered she was baptized Catholic, and her whole family left the Church when she was small. She said they became Episcopalians because her mother got divorced and then remarried outside the Church, and … Continue reading
Posted in Crimes and Sanctions, Marriage Tagged canon law, Catholic, divorce, excommunication, remarriage Comments Off on Divorce, Remarriage, and Excommunication
Why is the Marriage Tribunal Insisting I First Need a Divorce?
Q: My sister wants an annulment so she can remarry in the Church. But when she began asking questions about how to go about it, she was immediately told that she can’t get an annulment unless she is divorced first. … Continue reading