(Closed) A Religous Family

posted 7 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t think it’s a matter of who “would” do the marriage; for a Catholic priest to do a marriage outside a Catholic church, you need a special dispensation from the bishop himself.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I believe in a catholic ceremony, there can be a priest and a pastor present.  The priest would be the main officiant and the pastor could give the blessing.  I would talk to his priest and see he  if is willling to do that.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

Maybe post this in the local boards. 

But – the scenario you describe isn’t all that uncommon (if a pastor from another church performs a wedding in another church, usually it’s required that a pastor from THAT church co-officiate).

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Fochizzy:That is not (or should not) be true according to official Catholic teaching. Technically, in a “mixed marriage,” only the Catholic party has to agree to “raise the children Catholic to the best of their abilities.”

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can get a “dispensation from canonical form” from the Catholic church. This means that you will have a valid, recognized marriage in the Catholic Church’s eyes. You can read about it here: http://foryourmarriage.org/catholic-marriage/church-teachings/interfaith-marriages/ A priest does not need to be present for it to valid, nor does it need to be in a Catholic church. You could get married in your home church with your parents and it would still be valid (with that dispensation!)

Option B would be to get married in a Catholic Church. In that case, your ministers wouldn’t be allowed to co-preside, but could say something during (or give) the homily, or say a prayer. 

Also you don’t need to promise to raise your kids Catholic. Only the Catholic spouse does that.

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