I understand that the Catholic Church recognises the sacredness of a Protestant Christian marriage.
For the case of a Protestant being divorced one or more times and then being married again in accordance with Protestant (and civil) philosophy does the Catholic church recognise the latest marriage despite the original ‘marriage’?
Does the Catholic church in the above cases accept the Protestant (and civil) divorce findings to be the equivalent of the Catholic finding of the annulment of marriage?
and if the answers to the above questions are yes and no, under what logic (or theology) does the Catholic Church recognise the latest non Catholic marriage?
Disclaimer : this is not to criticise non Catholic marriages, nor a pre-emptive criticism of the Catholic church’s position. It is simply to understand the theological position and logic of the Catholic Church in respect to this issue.