Celebrity Catholic wedding news
Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman who is 39, married country music singer Keith Urban. A traditional Catholic ceremony at a cliff-top chapel in Sydney marked the occasion. The wedding took place on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 5.30p.m. (9.30a.m. local time).My Comments:
Reuters reported that Kidman wore an elegant ivory-colored dress, designed by French fashion house Balenciaga, and sheer veil and carried a simple posy of white roses. Kidman arrived at the church in a cream Rolls-Royce.
Australian television reported that Kidman's friends, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman, were among the guests.
Kidman had a very public divorce from actor Tom Cruise in 2001, ending a 10-year marriage. They have remained friends, sharing custody of their two adopted children.
This highlights one of the absurdities in how the Church determines validity/invalidity of previous marriages.
Nicole Kidman, raised Catholic and, presumably, with full knowledge of the Church's teachings on marriage, marries Tom Cruise, also raised a Catholic. However, because they were married outside the Church, their marriage is automatically void ab initio
Now, you take Joe Protestant who married Jane Evangelical in a Baptist ceremony. Neither Joe nor Jane grew up with the benefit of Catholic teaching on the dissolubility and sacramental nature of marriage (i.e. without
the same view toward marriage as Nicole or Tom). In fact, both Joe's and Jane's parents were divorced and subsequently remarried (thus, 4 sets of parents were seated in the front rows of their wedding ceremony). Joe and Jane were divorced 7 years later when Jane decided she wasn't being "fulfilled" by their marriage and left.
A couple of years after Joe and Jane's divorce, Joe marries Eunie Tarian. After 3 years of marriage, Joe and Eunie come to have a belief in the Real Presence and decide that they want to enter full communion with the Catholic Church. However, Joe and Jane's prior marriage is presumed valid by the Church.
So, Nicole and Keith can marry in the Church despite Catholic Nicole's previous marriage, but wannabe-converts Joe and Eunie (at least without the option of annulment) are stuck on the outside of the Church looking in.
I'm sorry, but that's just screwy.UPDATE (27 June 2006)From BBC News
How did Nicole Kidman re-marry in a Catholic church?
How did Nicole Kidman, one-time spouse of Tom Cruise, get re-married in a Catholic church if she didn't have an annulment? Clue: she wasn't actually married before.
Nicole Kidman's wedding to country singer Keith Urban in Sydney at the weekend drew plenty of media attention.
But some Catholics will have looked on perplexed at how the former bride of actor Tom Cruise managed to tie the knot for a second time, in a Catholic church.
It was widely reported in the run up to the weekend wedding that Ms Kidman had received an annulment for her previous marriage - the Catholic Church's procedure for allowing a follower to wed again.
Father Paul Coleman, who conducted the latest nuptials, was said to have advised the Oscar-winning actress on the dissolution.
In fact, Kidman didn't need an annulment for one simple reason: in the eyes of the Catholic Church her 10-year union with Tom Cruise, a renowned Scientologist, never happened.
The original wedding was performed in the Church of Scientology and wasn't recognised by the Catholic faith.
The divorce granted to the couple in 2001 was a legal rather than religious procedure for Kidman.
So Kidman would only have had to have obtained a licence from the Catholic Church saying that she was legally free to marry and that the Church had not recognised her first marriage.
"The Catholic Church sets down requirements to have a valid Catholic marriage. In the case of Nicole's first marriage, those requirements were not fulfilled," said Father Coleman, who married Kidman and Urban.
Kidman had dabbled with Scientology and Father Coleman talked of her Catholic wedding in terms of a spiritual homecoming.
Annulment is, nevertheless, controversial in some Catholic circles. How can the Church rule a marriage never really happened, especially if it's been a long one and generated children?
The Catholic Church began to make annulments easier to get in the 1970s, adding a category of "psychological grounds", which includes "lack of due discretion" - in other words, an applicant might claim they'd not fully appreciated the responsibilities of marriage.
Today, this category - which also takes in "psychological incapacity assuming the obligations" - is the main grounds upon which annulments are granted.