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Dear Catholic Exchange, I am a divorced Protestant who would one day like to marry his Catholic girlfriend in the Catholic Church. Will the Catholic Church overlook my previous marriage since it wasn't in the RC Church? Would I need to convert or do I simply make the “child upbringing pledge? The Church takes very seriously the words of Jesus Christ, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mk -12; cf. The Church does not recognize remarriage after a divorce because the Lord himself does not. There can be no private reservations, no preserving of the option of breaking off the relationship if things get too difficult.
And yes, we have questions about appropriately handling our sexual desires as Christians, but for most of us, that’s far from the toughest thing about being single.
All of these are things our churches could help us with.
But wait, there’s more…- Relatives who want to know if you’ve met anyone yet.- Parents who want to know when they can expect grandchildren.- Being home alone when your friends are out on dates.- Falling for someone who is unavailable, uninterested, or otherwise not an option for you.- Not falling for anyone and wondering if you’re too picky.- Falling for and wondering why no one reciprocates.- Weddings.- Funerals.- Reunions.- Facebook. Being single in a relationship-obsessed culture can be a challenge. But too often, we don’t seem to know what to do with single people other than somehow shove them into that frame.
Please note that all email submitted to Catholic Exchange becomes the property of Catholic Exchange and may be published in this space.You can call us at 1-800-MY FAITH, visit us at org, or write to the address below. But as bad as all of those situations can be, in my own personal experience, one of the most frustrating places to be when you’re single is —especially in American Protestant churches. As a single guy, sometimes I hate going to church.(Just imagine he’s in a pew and you’ve got it.)Right now, some of you are saying to yourselves, “Oh, now, it’s not really all that bad in churches, is it? It’s not that churches don’t know they have single people.(Please see our FAITH FACT, “Divorce and Remarriage: The Church's Perspective.”) Marriage is intended by God to be a “perfect union of persons and full sharing of life” (Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism, no. And so a perfect union is of its nature indissoluble.Anything less would not be marriage, in the Catholic understanding.