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Ned Tana wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am 24 years old and have been a Catholic since birth. Though I strayed from the Church for a few years, I have recently found myself drawn back into the fold. I attend Mass at a variety of churches in the Chicago land area, and also attend Mass during my travels to Poland, though I do not speak any other language, other than English. I find the familiar Catholic Mass gives me comfort in any language.

My situation: I am married, but legally, and not in the Church. Due to immigration issues, my Polish wife and I have become estranged and she has cheated on me. I believe this is grounds for the marriage to be annulled and she has agreed to this.

All my life, I have considered becoming a Catholic Priest.

  • If I do get either a legal divorce or annulment, is it possible I will be accepted to study and enter the Priesthood?

Thank you and God Bless,


  { If I receive an annulment of my marriage, is it possible to be accepted into the Priesthood? }

Mary Ann replied:

Ned —

Cheating is not grounds for annulment. However, a man can become a priest if divorced, even if the marriage is not annulled, if his wife agrees. The wife may not remarry if the first marriage was valid.

Your present civil marriage is most likely invalid due to defect of formunless you had renounced the faith during the period that you were married.

That said, the marriage will need to be examined to see if it needs to be annulled at all. If it was invalid, or if it is annulled, then your civil wife is free to marry again while you become a priest.

Mary Ann

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