Is God present in a marriage that was performed outside the Catholic Church?
God is present everywhere. But if a Catholic marries outside of the Catholic Church, the Church does not consider the marriage to be valid. A person who has marital relations with a person outside of a valid marriage commits a mortal sin. If you would like to discuss this further privately, just click on m y name above and I will try to help.
Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.