I have a point of confusion in understanding the Catholic Churches rules on valid and invalid marriages.
A) The sacrament of marriage is executed by the man and the woman entering the covenant.
B) In the Catholic Church, it is required that the sacrament be recognized and blessed by the church.
C) If you are two Catholics married within the church everything is fine.
D) If you are two baptized Christian’s married outside of the catholic church and later join the church; nothing special is required for your marriage to be recognized by the Catholic Church.
E) If one person is Catholic and another is not; when they are married outside of the Catholic Church a dispensation is required.
F) If one person is Catholic and another is not; when you marry outside of the Catholic Church without a dispensation a convalidation or radical sanation is required to return to full communion for the Catholic.
My questions are:
Why does the Catholic in item F require a special tribunal review whereas the couple in item D just have to go through RCIA?
Would it not make sense that a radical sanation (healing at the root) be necessary during the RCIA process for the couple in item D to have their marriage recognized and blessed by the Catholic Church?
This comes off as a double standard to me. Is this just a punishment for the Catholic party involved because he should have known better?