A non-practicing Catholic marries an Episcopalian in an Episcopal ceremony (both had valid Christian baptisms, the husband baptized in infancy as a Catholic and the wife baptized in a Protestant church.)
The wife goes through RCIA and converts to Catholicism. Both begin to practice their Catholic faith.
Question: Does a "blessing" of the marriage on Holy Saturday actually validate (or con validate) the marriage?
Or, since the Catholic husband did not ask permission to marry a non Catholic, nor to have the wedding ceremony in the Episcopal Church and no priest was present, does the "blessing" on Holy Saturday actually constitute a validation of the marriage?
Would any of this affect or not affect this couple who are now civilly divorced? The husband (civilly divorced) is now planning to re-marry outside of the Church, to a non-Catholic in a Protestant ceremony. His (first) wife (still his wife in the eyes of the Church unless there is an annulment) may now want an annulment.
Is their first marriage actually valid due to the blessing on Holy Saturday when she entered the Church? I thought I read somewhere that if the Catholic spouse does not ask permission of the Church to marry outside of the Church, that the marriage is not valid, and that the blessing given (when the wife entered the Church) would not affect the actual validity of the marriage. Is there a difference between convalidation and a blessing on a marriage when a spouse later enters the Church?
Grateful for any Church teachings on this.