Are independent Catholic priests a thing?

posted 3 years ago in Catholic
Post # 2
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My dad was married by an “independent priest”. There is no true definition of what that means so this person can just call themself that without having any true Catholic background. They are not in communication nor sanctioned by Rome so you still would not be married in “the church”. Since your not a practicing Catholic, this person may be what you are looking for.  I would question them just like any other officiant and make sure that your comfortable with all the aspects of how the ceremony would go and what it represents. 

Post # 3
Member
90 posts
Worker bee

Yes! We are using a priest from Catholics Without a Church for our ceremony. Both of our families are Catholic, but we’d rather have a civil ceremony instead of a religious one. They’re pretty popular around here for civil ceremonies, 2nd marriages, etc.

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