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Pondering Paul wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a long-lapsed Anglican, currently thinking about becoming a Catholic (I have been attending a local church).

One thing that worries me is that I might not be married. (I feel embarrassed discussing this with the priest). I had a civil and Shinto wedding, and understand that if I were a baptized Catholic, my Baptism would not be valid, so I would have to have my marriage convalidated to be allowed to live together with my spouse however I am uncertain whether the same applies with me being a baptized Anglican — I suspect it might, as Anglican baptism is recognized by the Catholic Church.


  { As a lapsed Anglican, would my marital history effect the validity of my Baptism and Marriage? }

Eric replied:

Dear Paul,

No, the Catholic marriage law does not apply to you as an Anglican. You are considered presumptively married.


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