Catholic cannon law is very complex. My husband (a non-Catholic) married his first wife who was Catholic - but not in the Catholic church. That marriage was never viewed as "valid" by the Church because of that. They did divorce, and later my husband married me, and I was also Catholic. I wanted to be married in the Church and what we found out is that the first marriage did NOT need to be annulled at all... his ex-wife was still free to marry in the Church with no impediments and my husband (a non-Catholic but in the process of converting) also had no impediments to marry in the Church.Originally Posted by Mike'sgirl;2751161;
So - George was listed as Catholic, but was Callie also Catholic? I got the sense maybe she wasn't. If she wasn't - then George does _not_ need an annulment to marry within the Church in the future.
If both of them are Catholic, but did not marry in the Church, then I think they need an annulment before they could marry someone else in the Church.
The thing I found most unbelievable about George's mother and the whole Catholic angle wasn't the misunderstandings about validation of a civil marriage or whether or not an annulment might be needed - many Catholics aren't informed about the procedures AND it is easy to make a wrong assumption because the cannon laws are very complex around it. What I found annoying was how the mother was so adamant about the sanctity of marriage and Catholic beliefs around marriage, but didn't have a clue-by-four that the elopement to Vegas would have about 99% percent guaranteed it was a civil/JOP only marriage and one not (yet) validated by the Church. Duh! I don't think Vegas is full of Catholic priests in 24 hour Chapels handing out that sacrament. Not to mention that all sorts of paperwork is needed (verifying baptismal records, etc) and interviews, and for most new couples, a semi-manditory "couples" education, etc. None of this happened when they went to Vegas, mom!!!
I'd have to rewatch that scene to pinpoint the other Catholic teachings that were tossed around that just didn't quite "ring" true for the situation, but I know there were several.
So - the question remains - was Callie Catholic??