Hi, guys —
I have a question regarding getting married in the Catholic Church. I've grown up Catholic, and have been confirmed in the Catholic Church. When I was in my early 20s, I went to the Justice of the Peace and married a non-Catholic. The marriage resulted in a divorce several years later.
I am now engaged again and would like to do things right this time and be married in the Catholic Church. I've had several people tell me that because I was married in a civil ceremony the first time, the Catholic Church didn't recognize the marriage, and that I could be married in the Church this time.
- Can you tell me if this is correct?
Before you answer, I'd just like to add that about a year following the civil ceremony by the Justice of the Peace, I had a wedding/reception. The wedding was held in a non-denominational church however, it was more for show, as at that point, I had already been married for a year or so.
I'd greatly appreciate any information you could provide.
Thanks so much,