[quote="YoungTradCath, post:15, topic:329333"]
You are incorrect in most of this. The Church does actually recognize the fact that marriage can and does exist outside of the Catholic Church, even Sacramental marriage at least for Christians.
Furthermore, no, Catholic priests do not run around inquiring to Protestants whether they might want an annulment. Nor will a Catholic priest begin the process if Suzy and Joe Protestant come asking him for one.
However, if a non-Catholic couple desire to become Catholic and, say, the baptized woman was married before to a baptized man, she must obtain an annulment of the "non-Catholic marriage" before the current marriage can be convalidated.
To refer again to your first point, you are halfway right. The Church does not recognize marriages outside the Church if, say, a Catholic couple go down to the local megachurch for a wedding, but the church does quite actually recognize marriage between say two baptized Presbyterians as valid and sacramental.
Annulement by WHOM? Catholic Church does not have jurisdiction over the marriages conducted outside the Catholic Church.
I was not considering a Jewish marriage invalid, or Protestant, or whatever. For Jews, Protestants, or else. But not for a Catholic marrying there. still I can't see how Catholic Church can issue an annulment for a Protestant who wants to become a Catholic and marry a Catholic girl when he has been divorced from his Protestant wife years ago and his Protestant church does not consider him still married and does not issue annulments - they recognize divorces.