I was playing golf with a friend yesterday and he confronted me with a question out of the blue. I prayed on it and am not sure if I have the answer right so I wanted other opinions.
My friend is a lapsed catholic. He was married before but divorced. (not married in the CC). He is now married to another woman who is not catholic. They were not married in a CC. Now, unfortunately, he told me things aren’t working out and he’s looking at divorce again.
The question to me was since neither of his marriages were to either catholics or taken place in a Catholic Church, once he is legally divorced (again) what would be his official status within the Church?
I told him I felt that since neither of his marriages were “recognized” by the Church that once he is legally divorced, he would be eligible for marriage because he was never “married” in the eyes of the Church to begin with.
How far off base am I in telling him this?