Can a divorced man join the Catholic Church and marry a Catholic woman?

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September 23, 2008 1:00AM

A divorced man who is not in a relationship with anyone else may

join the Catholic Church. He may not marry until he receives a

declaration of nullity(which means the marriage was invalid from

the very beginning for some reason). If it is found by the tribunal

that nullity has not been proven you may not marry as your marriage

to the one you civilly divorced is valid. Marriage holds the

presumption of the law. It must be proven otherwise. If you or the

person you civilly divorced aren't baptized then you might be able

to have the marriage dissolved by the Pope using the Petrine

Privilege. Talk to your diocesan chancery for more details.

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