Ok I just found out that any marriage outside the catholic church is not valid ! Furthermore if you were married previously and got a divorce, but at the time were not catholic then that marriage does not count. It is therefore not considered a marriage under the church and the catholics strong position on divorce does not apply to that situation.
So a protestant could have three divorces, but would still be allowed to remarry in the catholic church without any animosity from the church. Those were not valid marriages in their eyes therefore they do not count as divorce and in the catholic church’s eyes they have never been married.
However if a catholic married under the catholic church wants a divorce, oh boy that is way more sinful then that Protestant who has already had three divorces.
Why are the catholic laws on marriage so jacked up?