Strange as most if not all churches will marry divorce people including the Catholic church even if the Catholic church make divorce people jump through all kinds of hoops to get the first married to be declare never to had been valid..
Well--if it was invalid it must have been. And your declarations that the Church is invalid is precisely the sort of justification it needs to say it has the same rights as you to make declarations and proceed accordingly.
Your bottom line is that your declarations only work in a world where all other declarations are invalid or silly.
I was once teaching science in an institution of the Higher Learning and I was asked if I would give 6 lectures, one a week, to a group of trainee ladies's hairdressers to give them an idea of the chemistry involved in their trade. The powers were branching out in all sorts of directions at the time in order to expand the size of their domain. Most of their time was spent in the styling and artistic expression department where they were taught the sort of skills a portrait painter uses when painting a duchess and hoping to get a further commission to do her 16 year old daughter sat in a bay window, with her red setter looking directly at the viewer, and holding a book whilst looking pensively into space as if pondering what she has just read. The title of the book not being obvious without a magnifying glass. They might not put it quite like that but I have a scientific cast of mind and that's about the size of it.
There were 7 or 8 of them. And they had been warned of this new guy coming over from science who had a red S-Type on the car park and was a bit dishy. They would be 17 or 18 I guess. I never asked. One doesn't ask ladies their age. My knowing what they were thinking added a palpable tension to the atmosphere which was quite fragrant. I had personal experience of trainee hairdressers and so the tension was pleasant. I knew they were thinking that they knew what I was thinking and that I was thinking that them thinking that was the thing they enjoyed thinking best and I took to it like a duck to water. And if they had to act as if I was Apollo himself then they were going to act it. Marilyn could act it but this was for real. No directors required.
Not quickly enough though. After some short explanation of why I was here involving the Head of Department having more diplomas to give out I set about using the whole blackboard to write MONEY with the side of a piece of chalk. I had had a few weeks notice. This took a while and when I turned around the two at the front two tables had their knees about 18 inches apart. Of course I tried not to look. I knew if they caught me looking they would close their knees and chalk up a victory. And all have a smirky-smirky and all my authority would be so much chaff blowing in the wind. I didn't look. I looked them in the eyes. Which caused them to expand the field of peripheral vision enough for me to begin to wonder if they were wearing knickers. Or trollies as hairdresser types call them.
I got through the hour coasting. At the end of the next week's sparring match the two ringleaders approached the dias and asked me if I would like an afternoon in the practice chair. Having nothing better that I could think of to do I agreed. I continued going over when I could to have my hair played with after the 6 lectures were done with.
Had circumstances been favourable, such as three or four of them inviting me to a party at a house where the parents were seeing Thailand, I cannot imagine me giving the slightest thought to them being my students or that I had taken advantage of them.