Recently our priest had the entire married congregation renew their vows during Mass. My wife and I gladly participated. A question arose in my mind. If the annulment tribunal could find a marriage at 18 invalid due to “immaturity” would not such a finding be negated if the couple latter validly renewed their vows at 30? It seems to me the valid renewed vows would kick in, legalize the marriage in the eyes of God, and any validity problems stemming from the original wedding could no longer be used in a later annulment proceedure.
If someone is married at 18, renews vows at 30, and wants an annulment at 40, I do not see how a marriage tribunal can skip over the renewed vows as if they never existed. Surely valid renewed vows at mass before a priest and God are just as binding as original valid wedding vows. Can the Church renew vows just for show? What do you think?
Peace in Christ,