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If two Lutherans are married and they get a divorce in a civil court, can either remarry in the Catholic Church?

Full Question

If two Lutherans are married and they get a divorce in a civil court, can either remarry a Catholic in the Catholic Church?

Answer

If the prior marriage was a valid, sacramental marriage, then only the death of one of the spouses frees the other to marry again. The Catholic Church is consistent with Jesus’ teaching on this (see Mark 10:9).

Therefore, if one of the spouses wishes to remarry in the Catholic Church while the other spouse is still living, the prior marriage must first be investigated to determine whether it was valid and sacramental. If it was, a new marriage cannot take place. If it was not, the Church will declare this officially with a declaration of nullity and the party should be free to marry a Catholic in the Church if the Catholic receives the appropriate dispensation to marry a non-Catholic.










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3 comments

  1. vera Reply

    Please what makes marriage a sacramental one?

    1. Francis Cancro Reply

      Baptism makes it a sacrament….any valid Christian baptism

  2. Ojukwu Sylvia Reply

    If you find out that the man you wedded in the catholic church, lied and deceive you. Can the marriage be call off (divorce). Thank

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