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Steve Robeson wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Can a baptized Pentecostal, currently unmarried and a candidate to become a Catholic through the RCIA program, who has been married outside the Catholic Church and divorced twice from both marriages, proceed to receive their First Communion and get confirmed at the Easter Vigil:
    • if she is unable to get those first two marriages declared null by the Catholic tribunal, and
    • if she is still unmarried by the time of the Easter Vigil?

Steve

  { In this marital situation, can a baptized Pentecostal receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil? }

Bob replied:

Steve,

It sounds like yes, based on what you said.

If she is currently not married, then she is not living in a formal state of adultery and therefore there would be no obstacle from a marital point of view.

If she wanted to remarry, an annulment for one or both of those former marriages may be necessary. A priest can walk her through the particulars of that.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

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