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Nicole Kidman Wasn't Married to Tom Cruise...

6/26/2006 7:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nicole Kidmanat least according to the Catholic Church in Australia.

Many around the world were scratching their heads this past weekend, trying to figure out exactly how Kidman was able to get married as a Catholic in a Catholic ceremony, as the Church does not allow for a second marriage (in the Church) after a divorce. Many assumed that Kidman had gotten her marriage to Tom Cruise annulled, which would technically have paved the way for a second marriage in the Church.

Well, not so fast. Kidman's marriage to Cruise lasted 10 years -- a little long to plead temporary insanity -- and considering how notoriously difficult it is to have the Church grant an annulment (they're not handing them out like communion wafers), Kidman may have figured out how to get around the requirement -- she reportedly didn't need an annulment at all.

The BBC is reporting that Kidman's 10-year union to Cruise wasn't recognized by the Catholic Church of Australia. The service was seen only as a legal ceremony and not a spiritual one. In other words, according to the Catholic Church anyway, it never happened. All Kidman had to prove was that it was dissolved legally and she was free to marry any country crooner she wanted. A loophole to be sure, but one that allowed Kidman to reconnect her Catholic faith with Keith Urban, the man she loves.

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46.

kaye    

Oh, I forgot to add that our marriage of 30 years is considered a Holy Sacrament of the Catholic Church.

2938 days ago
47.

amanda    

i am happy for Nicole and keith. i think they well last a long time they look happy together i think keith will be go to her. i love keith urban his music and he is realy hot to

2938 days ago
48.

Mellie    

MeMe had to post the STUPIDEST thing I ever read. Tom was the one who left HER...HE was the one who cheated on her with Penelope Cruz...Get real. The man is scum. He probably could no longer control Nicole emotionally so now he is with a child he CAN manipulate.

2938 days ago
49.

Brenda Dersham    

As someone who was raised a Catholic and someone who is about to be married for a second time I believe I can shed some light on the subject. If you marry outside of the Catholic church (civil ceremony with a justice of the peace or a judge as I did the first time) the church doesn't recognize it as you being married. My church was more than willing to allow me to get married this time in the church because of that. Nicole and Keith were also allowed to marry in the church because Keith had never been married before. Had he been married before the church would've only allowed them to marry if he had gotten his first marriage annulled. That is what happened to me. The church wasn't concerned with my first marriage but because my fiance had been previously married they wanted him to pay $1300 to get it annulled. So we opted to have our wedding done outside the church again. Best Wishes Nicole and Keith!! You two make a GREAT couple and I wish you all the best!

2938 days ago
50.

Shelley    

I'm just curious... why does it matter? Except to the members of the Catholicism cult. Really - all of their rules and rituals are not biblical anyway. Find me one place in the Bible that describes all these rules about what constitutes a SACRAMENTAL marriage, or not allowing marriage to be recognized unless both parties are "Catholic." All of those rules and the paperwork (and monitary consideration) that go along with it were created by men, long after the Perfect and Complete Word of God was finished. For that matter - find me one place in the Bible where they sprinkle a newborn baby and call it "baptism." What book did they get all these rules and rituals from? Because it wasn't the Bible.

2938 days ago
51.

Kelly    

For those asking what happened to Tom and Nicole's marriage: She ended up pregnant and Tom soon filed for divorce saying, "She knows what she did". I believe Tom is STERILE and that if Nicole got pregnant, she obviously cheated on him. That's why it is beyond belief that Katie's baby is Tom's.

2937 days ago
52.

meme    

If Tom is "sterile" as you state, and Nicole actually "got pregnant" at some point, then that means that not only Nicole cheated on Tom, but Katie would have had to cheat on Tom while they were dating too. (If you recall, Katie became pregnant 4 months after she and Tom started dating).

If Nicole is noticibly pregnant now, then she obviously concieved prior to getting married to Urban - a big no-no in Catholocism. But none of the rest of the world really cares about when you concieve, as long as the child has two parents and is loved.

Tom and Penelope met and started dating almost a year after Tom and Nic divorced if I recall correctly. So to call her a "homewrecker" is a really far stretch.

2937 days ago
53.

meme    

Mellie calm down. You are having a bout of Oppositional Defiance Disorder. You should see Nicole's dad - he can help you with that. ;)

2937 days ago
54.

ann koven    

I AM SO HAPPY THAT NICOLE FOUND SOMEONE TO LOVE CONSIDERING SHE WAS MARRIED TO THAT CONTROLLING FOOL TOM CRUISE BEFORE. I HOPE SHE HAS A BABY WITH HER NEW HUSBAND. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE CHILDREN BECAUSE TOM HAS CONTROL OVER THEM AND I FEEL SORRY FOR KATIE ALSO. GOOD LUCK NICOLE.

2937 days ago
55.

Lynn Caron    

People People!!! Those who are not Catholic do not get the idea of an annulment. The Catholic church did not recognize Tom and Nicole's wedding because it was not performed in a church...so it was not a religious union ...just a civil one. Why bother getting married in a church if you do not believe in the faith, marraige as a sacrament and/or that Christ is the center and glue to the marraige. It is just stupid. In this case Nicole has had second thoughts and returned to the church. That is wonderful.. and by the way ..i have had two friends that have had church annulments and never paid one thin dime for them. They ask for donations but they are NOT required. So dont insult and make comments on the Catholic church unless you know it and are a part of it.

2937 days ago
56.

Lynn Caron    

and get over the fact that the Catholic church is a money sucking institution. This is an excuse to hate and not attend church. It is one of the least pressuring churches when it comes to money. My parish doesnt care if you give two pennies or 100 dollars. You are all treated equal. That's in the bible. SO sick of people in sulting an institution that has been around since Christ walked the earth and it's intentions are only good. Bad things happen in all organizations...we are all human and even priests make mistakes. At least we attempt to do good in the world and pray that it only improves with God's help. We are a great community ..you should try it sometime. INVESTIGATE and understand before you open your mouth about us and insult us!

2937 days ago
57.

Lynn Caron    

My comment is to Shelley above. Another Catholic basher. Dont tell me...you are a born again Christian or a Protestant. For your info..catholocism is traced back to JESUS himself. It is the church of Jesus christ. He started it. Protestants started a church according to a MAN's ideas. Martin Luther decided he was mad a the catholic church one day (btw he was a catholic monk) got ticked off because of some of the corruption in the church and decided to leave. Corruption is never good. It has been going on forever in all religions and all organizations. But the deal is you must face them and CHANGE them within your own faith. Martin Luther bagged out. He lost the big pic. He was needed as a voice to end corruption...not to go off and start his own church...talk about a cop out! This catholic bashing has GOT to stop by protestants. I will gladly explain any idea we have according to the bible...we do have some traditions....but all churches do. Ive been suckered into attending born again services and pressured. I saw no love in that ...just a cultish like fanatacism. Lacking first and formost compassion. All were high and mighty ..thinking that only they would get into heaven. What a terrible twisting around of Christ's message.

2937 days ago
58.

Michelle    

Second marriages are allowed by the Catholic church in one area. A divorced man can then turn and become a priest, thus marrying the church. Just as with Nicole, wherever the parishioner binds their money to the Catholic Church, one marriage, two marriage, three, marriage four, it doesn't matter. Money can buy amnesia. The Catholic Church aside, Good luck Nichole.

2937 days ago
59.

patricia truehl    

I WISH NICOLE ALL THE BEST NO MATTER WHAT ... SHE DESERVES THE BEST AND I BELIEVE SHE'S FOUND IT.. FOR TOM CRUISE WELL THAT'S ANOTHER STORY TO END IN THE SAME WAY AS THE FIRST. IT ONLY TAKES A LITTLE TIME BEFORE THE WOMAN GETS TIRED OF ALL THE STRONG ARMING OF HIS ATTITUDE THAT IS WHY WE DON'T SEE TOM CRUISE MOVIES ANYMORE BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DID TO NICOLE I THINK IT WAS A DIRTY ROTTEN SHAME HOW HE SNUCK BEHIND HER BACK AND FILED FOR DIVORCE TO GET AWAY FROM PAYING ALIMONY.. WHAT A CHEAP PERSON HE IS GOOD LUCK NICOLE, HOPING THAT YOUR MARRIAGE IS A HAPPY ONE... GOD BLESS YOU AND TAKE CARE...

2937 days ago
60.

Tanya    

If course the Catholic church excused Nicole's marriage to Tom. Since she has rekindled her faith in the Catholic religion where do you think her tithe money will go? And charity money?

2937 days ago
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