Originally Posted by lilyka
ok another what if . . . .what if one person converted later, would they be denied the Eucharist for not being in a sacrimental marriage or do converts get exceptions?
There seems to be some confusion between a valid marriage and a sacramental marriage in the Catholic Church.
A valid marriage is one that is recognized by the Church. A sacramental marriage is a valid marriage between a baptised man and a baptised woman. There are four requirements for the marriage of a Catholic person to be valid:
1) Both spouses must freely give consent;
2) Both spouses must be free to marry (meaning, not married to someone else);
3) Both spouses must have the intent to be married for life, to be faithful, and to be open to children;
4) The marriage must take place with at least two witnesses before a properly authorized Church minister. This is often referred to as being "married within the Church". It is important to note that being "married within the Church" does not always require the wedding to take place in the church building.
To get an annullment, one of these four requirements must be shown to be lacking. Often, people claim that one or both of the spouses did not have proper intent at the time of the wedding.
The Catholic Church acknowledges marriages between non-Catholics as valid, whether they are done in civil or religious ceremonies. If the marriage is between two baptised spouses it is a sacramental marriage (even if their own religion does not view marriage as a sacrament). If one or both parties is not baptised, it is a valid natural marriage.
Catholics can validly have a non-sacramental marriage. With permission of the bishop, a Catholic may marry a non-baptised person. Or in a natural marriage between non-Catholics, one spouse may convert to the Catholic Church while the other does not. In both situations there is a valid natural marriage and the Catholic spouse is free to receive the Eucharist (as long as there is no other motral sin).
I hope that helps.