I am new to the Catholic faith and I have a few questions.
- I was baptised Anglican but never confirmed.
- Considered my self an atheist until last year but now, I suppose, I am agnostic.
- Seriously considering converting to Catholicism.
- Still have much studying and soul searching to do.
- Engaged to atheist partner who is fairly hostile to organised religion but I believe she would tolerate it in me.
- It would be a hard sell trying to convince her to raise children Catholic.
- Neither of us have ever been married.
If I converted to Catholicism after I got married would I be permanently living in sin since the marriage would not be sacramental? Would I have to get the marriage convalidated (not sure if that’s the right word, sorry) before we could sleep together without committing mortal sin?
How would that change if I converted before getting married and the marriage took place outside of the Church?
Would I be morally obliged to raise children in the faith? I would do my best to gentilly convey the wisdom of the church but her entire family are committed atheist/liberals and I’d have to be very smart about it.
If we divorced would I need an anullment to re-marry?
What are the best sources for detailed information on irregular marriages in the RCC?
I realise these are very strange/awkward questions but I just find the rules about marriage very confusing and I’m just trying to understand exactly what the deal is.
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.