While the Catholic Church does believe in upholding people’s natural freedom to marry, this freedom is not absolute and is not acknowledged to exist when there is already a prior marriage that has taken place.
To hold otherwise would be to contradict the Church’s own position on the indissolubility of marriage and the teachings of Jesus.
The nullity of the marriage of a Catholic who does not observe the Catholic “form” and fails to obtain permission to do otherwise is very clear.
Question: Does the annulment process make it too easy for people to remarry?
Question: Does the annulment process make it too difficult for people to remarry?
Answer: Some people say that the annulment process makes it too hard for people to “move on” with their lives.
All parties (Catholic or non-Catholic) who approach the Catholic Church for marriage must be determined free from any prior bond of marriage.
Question: If a divorced Catholic remarried out of the Church or if a Catholic remarried a divorced person out of the Church, is the Catholic excommunicated? That person is still Catholic and is not excommunicated.