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Al Cortosen wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a newly divorced individual that was married into a civil union; it was not in the Church.

I have been separated for a year and a half prior to the legal proceedings (about a year ago).

  • I was raised Catholic
  • was forced to be a Baptist Christian by my step mom who was a Baptist pastor, and
  • then lost my way from God for years after I moved out of my step mom's house.

I have been going to church and going back to my roots as a Catholic for a year now and I have some concerns about what is right or wrong with my potential relationship.

I fell in love with my best friend who is a devoted Catholic and she is in love with me too. We have wanted to take our relationship from being friends to being a couple but I don't know if it's right in the eyes of God.

Considering that I went through a divorce and such, I don't want to have her do anything that would disrupt her relationship with God or corrupt her faith.

Any advice on my situation would be appreciated.

Thank you!


  { Do you have advice for my new female friendship In light of my past union and return to the faith? }

Bob replied:


It is likely that you will be able to get an annulment for your previous marriage, which would then provide clearance for you to pursue marriage in good conscience.

I would start the process ASAP as it takes time.

  • Also, since you were derailed for so long, why don't you consider joining an RCIA program at a Catholic parish to fill in the gaps?

Getting on the same page with your special lady can only solidify your relationship should you pursue marriage, and it is certainly good for your soul.


Bob Kirby

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