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However this answer needs to be expanded if it is not to be misleading.All of us know Catholics who have suffered the trauma of separation and divorce. However the Church teaches, and has always taught, that a valid marriage between two baptized people is indissoluble and consequently no authority on earth has the power to end it.If you feel this way, this book can help." --Anthony Buono, Founder, Ave Maria "The Catholic Guide to Dating After Divorce is loaded with lots of good, practical ideas for the divorced person. That Lisa shares her own poignant, honest, and funny stories with a transparent and magnanimous heart!" --Rose Sweet, Author of The Catholic's Divorce Survival Guide "Navigating the waters of life after divorce can be filled with deep emotions and confusion. Was this person married to a Catholic outside of a Catholic Church? If you are Catholic and looking to marry someone, be sure the person is free to marry you BEFORE you start dating.
If so, since the Catholic would have a 'defect of form', it should be fairly easy for her to get that documentation. In this case, you should talk about this with your priest before you start talking to her about dating.
She would be expected not to have premarital sex, or use contraception.
Within marriage, she would be expected to use Natural Family Planning if that was appropriate.
If this woman married a non-Catholic in a ceremony witnessed by a justice of the peace, the wedding might not have been sacramental, but it was certainly valid. she would have to pursue and be granted a decree of nullity.
I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Churchs faithful" (Ordinatio Sacerdotalis 4). I think she'd need an annulment before you could date her.
For the same reason, they cannot exercise certain ecclesial responsibilities.