So, are ALL unmarried RC's barred from the sacraments? Really?
What about those who get an annulment and remarry?
You can't remarry after an annulment.
My prior confessor in the Catholic Church used to be a member of the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese Marriage Tribunal.
He said that a Catholic Marriage Tribunal can allow people who have had an annulment to marry in the Catholic Church and receive all the sacraments. With an annulment, their first marriage is ruled to have never existed. That could be a problem. How can a couple with children who were married in the Catholic Church now be considered to have never been married retroactively? Believe it or not, children from a marriage that is annulled are not considered illegitimate either. Weird beliefs.
This Catholic priest has known the other spouse in a marriage to become very angry when they realize that their former spouse can marry. After an annulment, some people with serious mental problems or those who are impotent might be advised to remain chaste and not seek another spouse.
Conversely, the Orthodox Church recognizes that a marriage can fail fail, but the Orthodox Church does not grant "annulments." Instead, the Bishop will ask the priest to interview all couples, and the Bishop will bless those couples to marry again if he deems that their second or third marriage will lead to their sanctification. I have known some couples who did not receive a blessing, but instead, were encouraged to live a life of chastity. Other couples who were blessed to marry a third time (a second marriage of repentance) were blessed with a very happy marriage.