Does the Catholic Church recognize a marriage performed by a Justice of the Peace?
I (Kathy) am a widow and have met a Episcopalian man (Dana) who is divorced but never married in any Church. We were told, no problem...until tonight when we were told that if Dana's former wife was also Episcopalian that the Catholic church recognizes the marriage as valid even though it was performed by a Justice of the Peace ...BECAUSE....the Episcopalian Church recognizes marriages performed by a Justice of the Peace.
Then, to make it even more confusing, we were told that if Dana's former wife was Catholic then the Catholic Church would NOT recognize it...BUT...wouldn't the Episcopal Church recognize that marriage?
Following the logic, then the Catholic Church would equally recognize it? Now, the real kicker is that she never practised any religion and never did Dana as an adult. But he is a good man and he is in the RCIA program and we want to live a good Catholic life but, without him getting an annulment, we can't marry in the Church...according to what we have been told.
Please advise if what we have been told is true.