I am confused and trying to explain this to my son as part of a school project. Part of my family is Catholic. The other half is Protestant. This is because my grandfather (who was Catholic) married a divorced Methodist with six kids, way back in the 1940's. Their marriage wasn't recognized by the Catholic church until the 1970's, but it was recognized eventually and my grandmother never converted.
Now, in the 1990's my cousin couldn't marry her first husband in the Catholic church she grew up in, because they had a child out of wedlock, however, the Catholic church across town had no problem doing so. They are in the same diocese.
Why are there such discrepancies in beliefs and how they are handled with in the Catholic church, because I am confused. Thanks.
Asked by Anonymous at 2:57 PM on Dec. 21, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by eringobrough at 4:29 PM on Dec. 21, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 3:41 PM on Dec. 21, 2009
Its hard to say without knowing all the facts about your cousins interactions with the two churches but individual priests can decide not to marry a couple.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 3:48 PM on Dec. 21, 2009
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