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If My Marriage is Annulled, Why Aren’t the Children Illegitimate?

Q: I read “Marriage and Annulment,” in which you state that “children who are born of a valid or of a putative marriage are legitimate,” and that “a putative marriage is one into which at least one of the spouses … Continue reading

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Does an Excommunicated Priest Administer Valid Sacraments? (Part II)

(Part I of this article was posted on April 28, 2022, and can be read here.) We have been discussing a scenario described to us by John, who wanted to know if his confirmation was administered invalidly.  John was concerned … Continue reading

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Can Divorced Catholics Date, While Waiting for Their Annulment?

Q:  I am a Catholic and recently divorced. I’m in the process of working through an annulment. The internet has a lot of opinions about whether divorced Catholics can/should date prior to annulment.  From what I’ve read, I see nothing … Continue reading

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Is My Annulment Invalid?

Q: I was raised Episcopalian. My first husband was baptized Catholic, but he never practiced his faith.  Our marriage was civil.  We moved to Europe, and later divorced.  I remarried another lapsed Catholic, civilly, then decided I wanted to become … Continue reading

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Getting Married on One’s Deathbed

Q:  Sometimes people get married in the hospital, because one of the spouses is dying and they want to be married before that person dies.  I’m assuming that in these unusual circumstances the Church’s strict canon laws can get relaxed.  … Continue reading

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