OK, this is an odd question.
My fiancee and I are having real difficulty avoiding temptation. The Biblical answer to this is that we should marry, and as soon as possible.
The only problem with this is that we live in different countries, and have already filed for an immigration visa so that Ican go to her country and become legally married. If we marry in the meantime:
a) we won’t be able to be together right away
b) we will be rejected for our visa, and we won’t be able to live together in her country ever.
I have heard that in the past, couples used to meet the priest at the church doors, and the priest could declare the couple’s union, no need for a big legal ceremony.
My question is, is it still possible to marry in the eyes of the Church without also marrying in the eyes of the state. i.e. could we marry for God now and marry for Uncle Sam in 6 months’ time once the visa’s been processed?
If not, any other advice would be appreciated.