PETRINE PRIVILEGE / FAVOUR OF THE FAITH
Petrine Privilege / Favour of the Faith
(Extra code, CDF Instruction, 30 April 2001)
This process may arise when the marriage involves one baptized person (in the Catholic Church) and one non-baptized person. The case is prepared by the Ecclesiastical Tribunal and is sent to Roman Rota for a decision. Only the Holy Father may set aside this union in favour of the faith of the Catholic party with whom a new marriage is desired.
X, an unbaptized person, marries Y, also an unbaptized person.
The non-baptism of both X and Y can be proven.
The marriage ends in civil divorce.
X, desiring a Catholic marriage with Z (Catholic), with no intention of Baptism.
To aid the process, the names and addresses of witnesses who can attest to the non-baptism of that person, preferably parents, are needed. Other necessary documentation includes the marriage certificate and the divorce decree to be provided.