Faith/Spirituality Forum: ***Urgent. Question regarding previous marriages
***Urgent. Question regarding previous marriages QUESTION from Paige on December 11, 2002 Hello. I have learned so much from this forum and appreciate any input you can offer.
I have just come from meeting with the local priest where my fiance and I attend services. I am engaged to an amazing Catholic man. I met with the priest to discuss my two previous marriages and how to most correctly marry my fiance. I have researched prior questions in this forum and need clarification.
I am a Lutheran. I have been married twice - both times to men who were NOT baptized Christians. Will these marriages need to become formal cases and go through the annulment process? I have read several posts, and it seemed that if the marriage partner were not baptized Christian, an annulment would not be needed.
Thank you so much!
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on December 22, 2002 Dear Paige:
I am happy to hear that this forum has been helpful to you.
It sounds like your marriages may be dismissed in favor of the faith since your husbands were not baptized.
Situations in favor of the faith must be sent to Rome to be decided. I am not sure if this needs to be done in your case since you are not Catholic, but in any event you and your fiance will need to discuss this with the parish priest. He can then check with the diocese to see what needs to be done.
Also, since you are Lutheran your fiance will need permission from the bishop to marry you since you are not Catholic. The parish priest should know what is needed in that case.
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