In Catholic Church, If The Bride Is Catholic And The Groom Is Not And The Groom Was Married Out Of The Catholic Church To A Non- Catholic Person, In A Civil Ceramony,does The Groom Have To Get An Annulment?

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Ronnie Maye answered
The Catholic Church does not give annulments as easily as you might think. If you marry outside the Catholic Church, it doesn't recognize that you have made one of the 7 sacraments. My wife is Catholic, never married, I am So. Baptist, twice divorced. When we were looking at being married by the Catholic Church, we were told we had to get special dispensation from the Church, a Cardinal, Bishop or Arch Bishop. We ended up getting a retired Catholic Priest to marry us, of course we were married in a park like setting, not in a church , but we had a traditional Catholic and Hispanic wedding, my wife is Mexican American. We had the lasso, aras, etc. I hope this is somewhat helpful.
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The Churches teaching is that "the parties to a marriage covenant are baptised man and woman, free to contract marriage, who freely expresses their consent; to be free means: -not being under constraint - not being impeded by any natural or ecclesiastical law" ccc 1625. A Catholic can marry a non-Catholic its called "disparity of cult". The stipulation is that the non-Catholic has to agree to being open to life and raise the children Catholic.
Go to this link it will explain http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p2s2c3a7.htm#1602
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Anonymous answered
Depends on what type of wedding you want. Normally the Catholic church will not allow divorced people to marry in a Catholic ceremony unless the original partner has subsequently died. Annul,meant are very difficult as there are certain requirements that need to be met. If your intended was to convert to Catholicism then there would be no problem as his previous marriage would be not be recognized by the Catholic church. Re: Civil Ceremonies. The reason these came in to being is to avoid all the problems church weddings caused between different religions. A Civil Ceremony is not the same a a Church one, some religions require you have a Church marriage to sanctify the Civil one.
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Anonymous answered
The Catholic Church does not recognize civil marriages. If the bride is Catholic and the groom is not. Or even if they are both Catholics the marriage is null and void. They can file for an annulment or have their marriage nullified by going to the Tribunal and the Bishop for nullification and the documents will be sent to the Chancery. All the bride needs is a copy of the civil license and baptismal certificate. Even without all these, if the bride wants to remarry with a Catholic person in the Catholic church she can as long as the groom will not interfere.
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Anonymous answered
I am going through this right now! And I found that that the previous civil marriage must be annulled before they allow the both of you to marry in the catholic church, no way around it. My fiance is converting to catholic and even so -his first marriage must be annulled in order to be married in a catholic church- does not seem right but those are the rules.
If your fiance's ex was catholic and did not marry in the catholic church then a dispensation is in order-- instead of annulment - I hear a dispensation takes shorter time.  There are so many rules - contact your priest and let him know your scenario- good luck!
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Vicki Kelly
Vicki Kelly commented
The terminology for what the fiance needs is "Disparity of Cult" or "Lack of Form". The "Form "implies that the Catholic member must be 1. Married in the Catholic Church, by a priest or a deacon. 2. Must have at least 2 witnesses. If these are not met, then the Catholic member must file a Lack of Form petition. It usually takes about 4 weeks to complete and costs $25.00, as oppossed to a formal annulment, which may take a year or more..and cost over $500.00. It isn't a dispensation.
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Ginny Austen answered
Catholic church does not allow non-catholic people to marry catholics, unless you agree to convert before or during the wedding ceremony. However, you can get the advice of a catholic priest to see if there's a way to get married without any complications. If that's not possible, you can always have a civil ceremony at the registry office or a symbolic one, like a Celtic or Mayan wedding -both of them very beautiful-
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Vicki Kelly
Vicki Kelly commented
No Ginny, you can marry anyone you want!! They never have to agree to convert to Catholicism. Converts to the Faith study for a year, to understand just what the Faith holds to be true. You may never agree with those teachings. You can marry just the same!!!

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