(Closed) Blessing for Civil Ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee

You might have a hard time with this one. As you probably already know, the Catholic church only allows weddings to take place in the actual church and won’t allow priests to officiate at weddings elsewhere. I know you don’t want him to officiate, but asking a priest to attend and offer a blessing puts him in the position of participating in a wedding that goes against what his Church teaches – from a theological standpoint, it makes him complicit in a sin. You might find a priest who is willing to do this, but many will not.

Post # 5
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

“Catholic (or Jesuit) priests”

BAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! That is so funny you don’t even realize!!!

Post # 8
3697 posts
Sugar bee

It sounds like these guys will work out for what you are looking for. For any other Bees who might be reading this thread and looking for something, though, a couple of important points of clarification:

– the “American Catholic Church” (frmartindeporres link) is not the same thing as the Roman Catholic Church (i.e. the “Catholic Church” that most people mean when they use that term)

– the priests on the padrejoe site do not appear to be affiliated with a specific church, order, diocese or bishop, and so I can’t 100% guarantee, but I don’t think they are fully within the Roman Catholic Church either. For Bees seeking a valid, sacramental Catholic marriage, it’s important to know this.

– the Jesuits, while they have the reputation of being more liberal within the Church, ARE Roman Catholics.


Post # 9
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@chiopluschris:  A Jesuit priest IS Roman Catholic.

Post # 10
16 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Alexbrun:  Not always! 🙂

To be fair, I mean that Jesuit priests are Catholic, but some are disobedient to the Church.

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