[quote="number2wilkins, post:1, topic:279544"]
hey, i hope i'm posting this in an appropriate place but i have a nagging question about annulments..(i know, ANOTHER annulment question)
my wife and i have just begun the annulment process and will begin RCIA class this august.. my question is this, hypothetically speaking, say my first marriage isn't annulled..because i am now remarried, with the church not recognizing my current marriage, i am basically living in mortal sin? perpetually? unless i were to get another civil divorce, leave my current wife and children, and live a celibate life?
Lord have mercy!
somebody tell me i'm wrong, please!
Christ have mercy!
If a first marriage is valid, then a second attempt at marriage is invalid and relatations within that union are gravely sinful.
What happens in a particular case involves a bit of prudential judgement. In general it would be best to dissolve the invalid union in order to avoid the near occasion of sin. The fact that there are children involved makes that difficult due to the harm that separation will do them. In such cases the parties to the attempted marriage are called to live as brother and sister, and ask God for the continued grace to be conformed to his will.
Which is what we all need to be asking for in any case.
You are both in my prayers. Remember: one day at a time.