My family of 6 was recieved into the Church this last Easter. My Protestant mother was very supportive and helpful throughout the process and would now like to convert as well. She is in the RCIA program at our parish.
She met with our parish advocate today to discuss her 3 marriages and divorces. She is not legally married and plans to never marry again. The advocate told her that she needs to annul her original marriage that ended in legal divorce 38 years ago. She also needs to approach ex-husbands 2 and 3 for information about their prior marriages.
My questions are these: Is the advocate correct? Why is this necessary if she has no plans to ever legally marry again? Wouldn’t the Sacrament of Reconcilliation provide her with the forgiveness she needs for past marital sins?
Thanks for any information you can provide.