'convalidation' tagged posts

Q+A: Please address if (2) Catholics marry before a woman judge, there is no marriage – they live common-law and cannot receive the sacraments until their marriage is blessed.

A. This question follows the same lines as the ones I answered on marriage and annulments. A marriage between two baptized persons is by its very nature a sacrament, and, for Catholics, must be celebrated in the Church. Therefore, a wedding outside of the Church between two Catholics or even with just one Catholic party…