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She was married in the Hungarian Orthodox Church,by the cleric.
They teach that the priest (and only a priest, never a deacon) is the one who confers the sacrament.
Her first marriage was, as we say, presumptively valid.
This means that she cannot marry you in a Catholic church unless and until her first marriage is determined by a marriage tribunal to be invalid.
There are a lot of things that could make her first marriage invalid.
I suspect the main reason that you have been holding out from doing so is that you already have feelings involved and maybe afraid of the truth. Priests do not marry a husband and a wife; the husband and wife confer the sacrament of matrimony on one another themselves.
Just because it is not a lack of form does not necessarily mean she could not have it annulled if it needed to be. Yes, if you married her you would commit the mortal sin of adultery (St.
Matthew 19:9): And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.
That is so in the Latin Rite, but is not the teaching of the Eastern Rite or the Orthodox Churches.
For example, did her husband get a dispensation to marry outside the church?
Since a priest was there, he presumably did, but you will have to check.
Please make an appointment with your parish priest to discuss it. She was married in the Hungarian Orthodox Church,by the cleric.