Hopeful Heather wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have been with my partner for 12 years and he is not Catholic. We have never previously married. We have two small children who were both baptized in the Catholic Church.

I am a Catholic who has received all the sacraments and would like to be sacramentally married by the Catholic Church. My partner does not choose to be Catholic but supports my beliefs.

I am concerned that, in the Church's view, I must repent for the sin of having children outside the sanctity of marriage. I will do this if I can re-enter the Church.

I cannot go to Communion until I have confessed my sins so I attend Mass but do not receive the Eucharist.

  • Will the Church still marry us in the Catholic faith?


  { Will the Church still marry us in the Catholic faith if I repent before re-entering the Church? }

Bob replied:


Yes, the church will marry you. Your husband must also agree to raise the children as Catholic, which it sounds like he is OK with.

You are making a good decision which I’m sure makes our Lord very happy, so God bless you on your journey.


Bob Kirby

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