Catholic church dating before annulment

15-Jul-2017 11:13

I brought documents to the tribunal office (one of two) in my country and they said that they will put me on a waiting-list (few years long), but meanwhile I can supply more evidence if I find some.

My main concern, when trying to find more useful information to build my case, is this: are the “standards” the same for both Catholics and non-Catholics—unity, indissolubility, the good of spouses and having children?

In short, if a Buddhist marries in a ceremony that is recognized by Buddhist religious authorities as “legit,” then with regard to its form, it’s regarded as valid by the Catholic Church too.

So does that mean that every marriage of two non-Catholics is automatically regarded by the Catholic Church as valid? At issue is the distinction the Church makes between .

In going thru an annulment process with a tribunal, it is not a given that the outcome will be dissolution or judgment of invalidity. The tribunal process is a looking back at the exchange of vows to see if there was some impediment preventing them from being really free to make this decision even if they thought they were ready to undertake it.

But the Church certainly doesn’t require two non-Catholic spouses to observe the same canonical form.