My husband and I converted over one year ago. We were received into The Church at Easter Vigil, receiving First Communion and Confirmation and my husband was baptized that night too. (I had already been baptized in a Lutheran Church as a baby.)
Way back in 1996 we got married. It was a Lutheran Ceremony, with a Lutheran PAstor presiding. Outdoors. And only I was baptized at the time...but my husband was not.
So...my question is:
Does our marriage need to be convalidated? Should we do the convalidation ceremony thing? OR is it already valid and sacramental in the Eyes of the Church.
I thought we didn't need to get convalidated. For our particular case. I have read extensively on this topic.
But I have received VERY OPPOSING views on this from different priests and don't know what to believe. Sometimes I think I know more about it, and all about the particulars of converting, more than our priest does?!?!?
Also, both these priests have flip-flopped on their advice and answers so that they are opposed, but opposed in the very OPPOSITE way that they originally were opposed in their advice to us.
If you can follow what I am trying to say.
I know it is confusing.
AND both flip-flopped on their original thoughts because BOTH say they checked with the next level up. So please don't tell me to go that route...checking with the next level up.
Do we need to convalidate? Or do we not need to convalidate?
A clear answer please.