Solsona, Spain, Oct 15, 2021 / 14:01 pm
Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà, who resigned as Bishop of Solsona in August, has applied for a civil marriage license with his partner, who is herself a divorcee.
After various inquiries with Spanish ecclesial authorities by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language sister news agency, there is no record that Bishop Novell, 52, has been dismissed from the clerical state, or has even requested such.
Those who are in holy orders invalidly attempt marriage, as do those bound by the bond of a prior marriage. A cleric who attempts marriage can be punished, even by dismissal from the clerical state.
According to a document released by Spanish media, Bishop Novell made the request with the Civil Registry of Suria in Spain’s Barcelona Province Oct. 7.