[quote="benjammin, post:1, topic:307933"]
Obviously I know the churches stand on weddings by a Judge or a JP or anyone not a minister, but what about marriages performed in other churches or by other religions ministers. Are they valid or not?
I only ask because a few years ago, my parents knew a couple who were interested in becoming Catholic. They had been married in a Vegas chapel or something to that effect, and the priest told them they were living in sin and there child was a "bastard" and they had to correct it by getting their vows said in the Church. So does a marriage like theres count, even if they werent Catholic when it happened. Does that mean also, that if someone were to get married and divorced as a non-catholic, they could get a Catholic marriage to their second wife?
3rd hand reports of a priest calling a child a "bastard" are specious at best. If the couple wanted to join the Catholic Church, yes, they would need to get married in the Church, but they are already civilly married. The priest would have given them the requirements and explained the process. Perhaps this actually happened the way your parents reported, or had it reported to them, but somehow, I doubt it. The timeline would be for them to become Catholic, and THEN be married in the Church.
No, for anyone previously married to be married to a Catholic, the previous marriage would need to be annulled, and there are no guarantees that would happen. It's not "Catholic divorce," but a judgment that one or both of the parties did not contract the marriage in a way so as to make it valid. There would have been an impediment to the marriage, in other words. Adultery does not necessarily qualify a marriage for an annulment, nor any act taking place after the wedding itself.