Can I be confirmed without an annulment?


Full Question

I am a divorced Methodist who has been attending my local Catholic church. I would like to take the next step and become Catholic. Am I able to be confirmed, since I am divorced, or do I need to be granted an annulment first?

Answer

Divorce, in itself, is not an obstacle to confirmation. Sometimes, however, divorce is gravely sinful and unforgiven grave sin is something that needs to be taken care of by confession prior to confirmation. Annulments are generally only necessary if one wishes to attempt marriage again and would not be necessary prior to reception into the Church unless you have attempted marriage after your divorce and wish to continue a conjugal life.


Jim Blackburn