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My sister, a baptized Catholic, and her husband, who is Jewish, were married in a Unitarian ceremony over 20 years ago. Since then, my sister has returned to the practice of the faith, and would like to have their marriage blessed. Her husband, however, was divorced before marrying my sister, and his first wife is living. They were married by a Baptist minister.
Would my brother-in-law be required to obtain an annulment of his first marriage before their marriage can be blessed by the Church?
Does the Church recognize as a sacrament any marriage that is performed in a valid religious tradition, i.e. a Protestant, Jewish, Hindu wedding ceremony?
Thank you for your assistance.
To answer your first question, most likely. But ask a priest for specific details as to what needs to be done. Each case is different.
As for the second question: a sacramental marriage is a marriage between two validly baptised (trinitartian formula) Christians. Both the husband and the wife would need to be baptised. Your brother-in-law is Jewish, which means the marriage can be blessed, but it's not sacramental unless he wants to convert to Christianity (doesn't sound like it from your post). This is fine, as the Church allows mixed marriages and doesn't require every marriage be sacramental in order to be valid/recognized/etc. However, seeing as your sister did not get permission to marry her husband, her marriage isn't currently recognized as valid by the Church, so getting the marriage blessed is a really good idea to fix this problem. :thumbsup: