A marriage between two unbaptized Jews, Muslim , atheist, is nothing but a weird form of concubinage. Am I right? It is not sacramental and divorce can be encouraged in these so called Marriages right? I'm very confused.
If we're getting to the point that Catholics themselves think they're the only people with valid marriages, then we need to reevaluate our faith. It starts a slippery slope and sooner or later, we'll be having people saying that shooting a non-Catholic child is a good thing.
Yes, the non-baptized have valid, indissoluble marriages.
Well it's hard to really clear up the issue. For instance, on what authority and by whom exactly are two heathens conjoined in (not holy but natural) matrimony?
Is it the shaman/rabbi/pastor/lezbian civil clerk's?
So, it must be their own vows performed before God implicitly and unvoluntarily sometimes even.
How to be sure it is even a valid bonding?
What it is exactly required of the two spouses? Good intention? A bare-minimum formula?
What if I, being unmarried, were to just walk up to some girl and ask her to marry me and she'd play along and we'd pretend to? Would it be a valid natural law marriage? Indissoluble at that?
What if we were honest about it and impromptu married "before God" without anyone around? Is that valid?
How does all this even work?