I am a Catholic who is coming back to the faith. I have not been ‘away’ as such, but have not been in full communion with the Church and had been attending Church of England services and marriage.
I understand now that my marriage is invalid, and so I am seeking to have it convalidated.
I understand that I am technically living in sin at this point, in the eyes of the Catholic Church.
This makes me ask- what is the situation with our brothers and sisters in Protestant churches? I realise this is a broad remark to make- but does this suggest all Protestants are living in mortal sin?
The Church classes mortal sin as grievous and therefore would lead to hell.
However we also know that mortal sin, essentially, is an act done intentionally, with full knowledge that it is wrong.
In this case, am I more likely to be in a state of mortal sin, than a protestant? Since protestants believe they are justified in their break from the Church?
If this is the case, can’t any one explain away mortal sin of this nature (marriage outside of the Church) into saying something like- I don’t accept my marriage is invalid- I was married in Church in the eyes of God.
I hope this makes sense!