Maybe I should have made the siuation more clear:
Protestant man A who was never married but was baptized before marries Protestant woman B who had been baptized before and married three times before–all to protestant men who she subsequently divorced.
The couple are married by a federal judge thus making it the protestant man’s A first marriage and the protestant woman’s B fourth marriage.
After being married protestant husband #4 realizes wife has schizophrenia but tries to help her the best way he can.
Her first protestant husband dies.
The couple later on decide to convert to the Catholic faith but finding themselves in a state of mortal sin live as brother and sister awaiting annullments from her two other Protestant marriages because since she had severe schizophrenia she wasn’t able to give full consent of her will.
Later on the marriage Tribunal grants both of those annullments.
The Protestant Couple has now been married to one another for 24 years–has been going to mass but not taking the eucharist–and every night has prayed an act of contrition promising God that they will indeed confess all their sins at the first opportunity once the Tribunal has rendered its decision to their Catholic parrish priest so they can receive the Eucharist and be confirmed as Catholics.
What is the timing–is it confession first–go to all the RCIA classes–confirmation and Eucharist at Easter vigil and THEN convalidation
should the convalidation come before they enter the Catholic Church?
I would think that if one husband had died and the other two marriages were annulled that the last marriage–even though it was between two Protestants by a federal judge in a civil ceremony would be considered VALID but not sacramental.
That being the case would it be appropriate for that Protestant Couple who do become Catholic at Easter vigil to: on the following Mercy Sunday since they aren’t cradle Catholics and have built up over 40 years of temporal punishment have their Valid marriage as protestants Convalidated and made sacramental in the Catholic Church on Mercy Sunday so if St.Faustina’s private revelations are indeed true–
not only would they be sacramentally married but maybe even be able to start their marriage with a clean slate free from temporal debt
due to the special grace given to those who trust in Jesus and fulfill His conditions for that promise of Mercy on Mercy Sunday?
In other words–what more wonderful way to end on the Octave day of Easter for the newly Catholic and sacramentally married couple?
It just seems to me that in the late afternoon of Mercy Sunday to have a convalidation and partake of the Eucharist would the the best way I can think of for the couple and their new parrish friends to experience another facet of God’s Mercy!
I just wondered if anything had changed in convalidations between 1962 and now–I figured that if anybody knew the Right way for a Convalidation to be done it would be the people here at the traditionalist forum.