[quote="mizznicole, post:1, topic:185901"]
So being a revert, I know a lot of evangelical Christians who came from Catholic families. They have no desire to be part of the Church or even think the Church as any validity. Most of them get re-baptized. I have to think this is not a small number of people.
So if a formerly Catholic evangelical Christian marries another Christian in his evangelical community, does the Church hold these marriages to be invalid???
The Catholic Church considers those who were baptized Catholic or received in to the Church as bound to the Catholic form of marriage, or to receive a dispensation from that obligation, in order to marry validly. Since evangelical communities generally permit remarriage following a divorce, such marriages, when a remarriage is involved on the part of either party, would be invalid as well on the basis of the impediment of a prior bond of marriage.
There are some complications that involve cases in which the Catholic had defected from the Catholic Church by a formal act, since the 1983 code of canon law made this an exception to the obligation of canonical form (marriage before a Catholic priest or deacon with the faculty to witness marriage and two witnesses). However, even being rebaptized, or ceasing Catholic practice, was insufficient to create such a formal act. It would also have to be accepted by the Bishop or pastor, and that seldom happened. Moreover, the law has been changed to remove that exception, and will take effect in the near future.