(Closed) Catholic Expert needed

posted 12 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY

I’ve never known any Catholics who have had a problem with that.  As far as I know, there is no official doctrine from the church prohibiting Catholics from going to, or participating, in weddings of other faiths. 

I’m not really an expert, but my in-laws are some of the strictest Catholics I’ve ever known and they don’t have any problem with that.

Post # 4
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I also have never heard of that being prohibited.  I also think dancing is fine as well.  Never heard that it wasn’t.

Post # 5
20 posts

Being raised a Catholic myself, I have attend weddings of different faiths and it has never been a problem.  I know that if you have a Catholic wedding mass the only poeple who can take the holy communion are Catholics.  Non-Catholics may approach the altar for a blessing or remain in their seats.   As for the dancing thing – I believe there are some branches of the Baptist Church and possibly the Mormans that do not believe in dancing (and even smoking, drinking and gambling.)

Post # 6
28 posts

Wait – did you mean they follow Vatican II, which is pretty usual, or do you mean that they follow pre-Vatican II teachings?  Pre Vatican II people still say Mass in Latin and are different in many ways than your average Catholic. 

 I’m also not sure what you mean about a passage in the Bible saying you can’t dance at "both" weddings.  What do you mean by "both"?

Post # 7
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m not Catholic, but will be standing as the Maid of Honor in a Catholic wedding with no issue. 

Post # 8
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

The only reason a Catholic might not want to be in another person’s wedding is if that person claims to be Catholic but is not following the church by having a wedding that is outside of the faith. There’s no problem with having Jewish friends and participating in their Jewish wedding. If you have a breaking bread or wine ceremony (similar to Communion, I don’t know what it is called in the Jewish tradition, but I’ve been to a Synagogue where it was done before), Catholics will not be able to partake in that, but that’s about it.

Post # 9
1 posts

You may want to ask the parents directly.
I do understand how a very strict Catholic, for lack of a better way of describing the practices, might have concerns.

We view marriage as a sacrament.  My good friend and Catholic priest was recently unable to attend the wedding of his neice because it was outside of "the Church".  If he attended, there’s a basic assumption that he "approved" of this marriage which was not holding to the sacramental description. 

A strict observer of the Catholic faith might assume the same position.  But if that were the case, the parents shouldn’t attend the wedding either.

It all has to do with it being a sacrament and them acknowledging the union.  This is more tricky if one of you is Catholic.

Hope this helps….I doubt this is the case but I thought I’d weigh in.

Good luck!

Post # 10
36 posts
  • Wedding: November 2020


Nah, Catholics can attend and participate in your wedding.


I know the passage of the Bible you are speaking about, but Catholics mostly follow the New Testement so this won’t be a problem for your wedding.  

Post # 11
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I agree with ErinSea and buggsrule. Catholics are technically not supposed to attend weddings of other Catholics who are not getting married in the Catholic Church. Shouldn’t be a problem for your Jewish ceremony at all.

Example, my family friend Julie, who was raised Catholic, decided not to get married in the Catholic Church. Friends of her parents, who are very strict Catholics, chose not to attend the wedding in accordance with the Catholic doctrine.

I personally think it’s a load of bullocks. People should be free to change their religion and their friends should learn to accept that.

Post # 12
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Everyone read her original post closely before answering  – she said they follow Vatican I teachings.  That is rare to say the least.  Most Catholic churchs are Vatican II.  A la, if Mass isn’t in Latin – its Vatican II.  I don’t know enough about Vatican 1 teachings to answer, but I know enough that you need to do some serious digging, PROBABLY from that church itself, and double check any answers you get.

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