Can a Catholic marry a non-Catholic?
Can an unmarried child of a divorced and remarried Catholic be a Catholic?
1. An Unmarried Child of a Catholic: The Holy Father has said that in order for a child of a divorced and remarried spouse to be a Catholic, “it must be proven, if possible, whether the person is of good behaviour within the Church” (Mater et Magistri, no. 23).
2. An Unmarried Child of a Non-Catholic: Because the Holy Father has said that it is not sufficient that a couple has made an “excellent spiritual and moral choice” (no.23) to make the union legal (and legally binding) for all purposes, he has added that, if the non-Catholic is of good behaviour within the Church, the person can be a Catholic (no.16).
3. Can a Non Catholic Marry the Catholic? The Holy Father has said that it will be acceptable for a non-Catholic to enter into such a marriage but that it will be un-Catholic for the Catholic to enter into a marriage of a non-Catholic (no.14).
4. Can a Remarried Catholic Marry a Non-Catholic? The Holy Father has said that it will be acceptable for a remarried Catholic to enter into a ceremony of marriage and have a child of any Catholic but that it should be un-Catholic for a non-Catholic to enter into a marriage of a non-Catholic on the grounds that the Catholic is of good behaviour within the Church (no.16).
5. Can an Unmarried Child of a Remarried Catholic Be a Catholic? The Holy Father has said that it is possible for a child of a remarried Catholic to be of good behaviour within the Church (no.29) but that only if “an act of mutual affection on the part of one of the spouses exists” (no.23).
6. Non-Married Children of a Religious Divorce: The Holy Father has said that, “children born out of a religious divorce are not a part of the Church’s people who, having received the Church from the baptismal font, never acquire the power to act as its ministers” (no.20).
7. Children of non-Catholic Parents: Children born to a Catholic mother and non-Catholic father while living in an abusive environment do not become members of the Catholic Church but are only
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