Can a divorced catholic dating without an annulment
Divorced Roman Catholics should be able to remarry - but only if they abstain from having sex, a prominent group of cardinals said yesterday. It is likely to add to the confusion and pain felt by many divorced Catholics, who are excommunicated if they remarry without first having their original marriage annulled by the Church. But conservative Catholics believe that easing the way to annulments will undermine the teaching that marriage is for life and encourage more divorce. The 11 dissident prelates are to put their arguments in a book to be released next week by a San Francisco publishing house run by the same Jesuit tradition to which Francis himself belongs.
April 30, One of the common reasons someone will go through the annulment process is because they have found someone and wish to remarry. But just as often we hear couples questioning whether they really need an annulment in order to remarry. According to Catholic marriage rules, yes, you need an annulment before you can get remarried. According to the letter of the law, it is not actually possible to end a marriage unless one spouse passes away. Catholic marriage rules tell us that a marriage cannot be ended because God does not break His covenantal agreements, and thus we cannot break that covenantal union either.
Can I receive Holy Communion? Divorce has no impact upon your legal status in church law. Living apart does not prevent you from receiving Holy Communion, so as a divorced Catholic you can go to Communion. Does every divorced person need to ask the Church about getting a marriage annulled before they can remarry in the Church?
I am a divorced Protestant who would one day like to marry his Catholic girlfriend in the Catholic Church. Is this possible? Would I need an annulment? The Church does not recognize remarriage after a divorce because the Lord himself does not. A perfect union means nothing is held back.