Hello - Long time reader, first time posting a question.
My wife was baptized Catholic, but then her family left the church when she was young. She was never confirmed and is beginning RCIA classes. I thought after she became Catholic, we could get married in the church.
I am a lifelong Catholic who married a Lutheran in a Lutheran church in 1998, then later divorced. So I was out of the graces of the church from the time of my first wedding. But when I went to talk to our priest about what I could do now that I was divorced. He said I didn’t need to do anything, that the church didn’t recognize my first wedding to begin with, so there was nothing to annul.
My wife’s friend, who is Catholic, is married to a baptist and they did not get married in the church. She said that her husband needs to get his previous non-Catholic marriage annulled, before she can marry him in the church. My wife now believes I need to have my first marriage in a Lutheran church annulled.
All the conflicting information I find, seems to rest on the premise that the church recognizes the validity of marriages outside the church. Do I need an annulment from my first wedding?