My wife and I were both confirmed catholics prior to the time of our marriage, but I was mostly labeling myself as agnostic and my wife was a non-practicing catholic. We were married by a JP at an outside venue without permission from the church to do so… in fact God was not mentioned anywhere in the ceremony.
I heard one time on Catholic Answers Live or on Called to Communion, that a marriage between two people who are not catholic is considered valid and if they come into the church after the fact that their marriage is valid in the church and considered sacramental. So…
If we are confirmed catholic are we catholic no matter what we call ourselves or whether we practice it or not and therefore are bound by it’s rules about marriage?
Because we were non-practicing catholics and were claiming to have some other or no other affiliation at the time of our marriage make ours valid since we were not affiliated with the church until almost 2 years after our wedding?
And by non-practicing I mean being away from the church for about a decade or so…