I have heard stories that certain couples who had married civilly and had attempted to receive an annulment for a prior marriage, and were not given a decree of nullity, were then unable to enter the Catholic Church. I’d like to know if there’s something being withheld in these stories I hear, or if it is true that reception in the Church can be denied to these persons. I have two questions on this:
Say there’s a non-Christian, who was never baptized, and who could not receive a decree of nullity for their first marriage. This marriage occurred when the person was very young, and civil divorce happened within a year or so after the wedding. This person’s current civil spouse is Catholic, and after trying to have their marriage blessed in the Church by obtaining a decree of nullity (and not receiving one), they both still decide to raise their children Catholic and have them baptized. The non-Christian spouse wishes to be baptized also, as that person affirms everything the Church believes and believes that Christ is truly our Lord and Savior. Can this person be denied baptism? If the answer is yes, is the sole reason baptism is denied because this person is currently in an invalid marriage and their first spouse is still living?
Say there’s a non-Catholic Christian (let’s say, a Methodist) who couldn’t receive a decree of nullity for their first marriage. Like the person in the first question, this Methodist also had a short marriage, remarried a Catholic civilly, and both spouses want to raise their children Catholic. The Methodist spouse affirms everything the Catholic Church believes and wishes to be received into the Catholic Church by making a profession of faith and receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Can this person be denied doing so, and is it solely because this person is currently in an invalid marriage with their first spouse still being alive?
Thank you for time.