A divorced Catholic is no longer in the Catholic Church. But not all divorced Catholics are like this. Some remarriages are very happy, and very holy, and are not to be dismissed by the Catholic Church. In this article, we will discuss divorce and remarriage, a question that a recent Pope Francis speech at the National Women’s Political Caucus Conference in Washington DC touched upon.
Can divorced and remarried Catholics keep their parish property?
A divorced Catholic may not keep his or her parish property. But you don’t need to. If you were married in the Catholic Church, and divorced in the Church, you can keep some of your parish property. You might even have more than a decade of parish property, depending on how many parishes you’ve been a part of.
What about Catholic charities?
If a Catholic has a non-Catholic spouse who is a charity donor, he or she may donate some or all of their property.
Can I use my Social Security and Medicare benefits?
As of February 2014, most states require that someone receiving a Social Security benefit should file a Form SS-5, the federal Form SS-5, to claim Social Security benefits. But there are no limits to what property a Catholic can use for their Social Security and Medicare benefits in the Catholic Church. In many states, there are charities that would accept funds from a divorced and remarried Catholic spouse. One very good and easy example is the Church of the First Born (F1B) in the state of Illinois. There are many of these charities on the Internet . It has been a long time in coming, this Social Security issue.
If a divorced Catholic married before 1978 has a spouse who was divorced in the previous two decades, will his or her spouse still qualify for the same benefits?
If a divorced Catholic married between 1978 and 1979, and who is still in good standing, is married to another (not divorced) Catholic who is also in good standing by 1983, the married spouse may continue to receive SS-5 from that Social Security and Medicare. If the two are divorced in the future (not divorced for two years in the previous two decades), a new spouse should file a new Form SS-5 on his or her own, and he or she should continue to receive the SS-5 payment.
Can children be baptized into a religion?
Children must take an oath before the Church that they are Catholics. If a father or a
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