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Dorothy Bornstein wrote:

Hi, guys —

Thank you for taking the time to read my question.

I was previously married (both my ex—husband and I [were/are] Catholic and I was a convert). That marriage ended in divorce and was annulled. That was about 25 years ago.

Twenty years ago I remarried a wonderful man who is not Catholic. I am 70 years old. While I was listening to Catholic radio in my car, I learned that (my/this) marriage is not recognized by the Church. This has been bothering me and I'd like to make it right.

  • Can you tell me what we need to do in order to have my marriage recognized by the Church?

Thank you!


  { Can you tell me what we need to do in order to have our marriage recognized by the Church? }

Bob replied:

Dear Dorothy,

Thanks for the question.

I am going to assume that you were married outside the Church. If that is the case, then you can have marriage convalidated in the Church fairly easily. Just contact your local priest to explain your situation and find out all the details for your particular circumstance.

Provided there are not other impediments (like your husband being formerly divorced) these should only take a simple ceremony.


Bob Kirby

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