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Post by Susan K. The institution of marriage is in trouble today. The divorce rate is anywhere from 50 percent for first marriages to 80 percent for subsequent marriages. Perhaps, as a result, more and more couples are choosing to live together without bothering to get married. My own Diocese of Phoenix and other dioceses around the country are revisiting their marriage requirements, lengthening preparation periods and examining couples closely, looking for trouble spots in their relationships and families of origin—indications that they may not be ready for the vocation of marriage just yet. But what is the Church doing for us? Many parishes offer post-divorce workshops designed for the first months after a divorce.
It depends on your individual situation and your view of dating and what that means to you. It also depends on how you were previously married and whether the form of that marriage was valid in the eyes of the Catholic Church. In order to give a clearer answer, we need to address what the Catholic Church teaches about divorce. You may not realize this but getting divorced is actually not a sin. Divorced Catholics are free to receive the sacraments and have not committed a sin by getting a divorce.
Can a Catholic ever marry a divorced non-Catholic? The reason for this is that the Catholic Church recognizes any marriage as valid until proven otherwise. The assumption is that the couple is in good faith and their decision is to be honored.