Hello! I am asking for a male friend. He is NOT Catholic, but was baptized Christian (he thinks) when he was a baby. He has been going to mass with me for about a year now. He hasn't made any formal decisions whether or not he wants to become Catholic.
He has been married and divorced TWICE before. The first time he was married, he was married in a Christian Church (not Catholic). They divorced 5 years later. Then he was married many years later on a beach in Hawaii. That marriage ended after 12 years (and a son).
My question for him is: Are those marriages valid in the eyes of the Church / God? I always thought that a Catholic HAD to be married inside a Catholic church otherwise they were not REALLY married in the eyes of the church.
Another question: Would he need an anullment for those marriages if he wanted to get married again?
He is asking me this stuff and this cradle Catholic doesn't know what to say!! :eek:
Thank you!! :)