Can a Catholic marry a Non-Catholic?
I've always wondered if catholics and non-catholics can get married..Is there a rule? Does the other person have to become catholic?
It happens all of the time these days.
Most people don't let religion interfere with matters of the heart.
However if one strictly follows religious dogma they may feel being married to someone of the same faith is a "must have".
This is especially true if they plan to have children whom they want indoctrinated into their faith.
As far as I know there is no rule about that. As long as neither of them have been divorced. I guess Catholic churches will not recognize a marriage if they are divorced. But who knows, the rules may be different
A Catholic can marry anyone they wish in a civil ceremony. My mother, who was Catholic, married my father, who was not, this way.
However, their marriage was not recognized by the church. In order to have a recognized marriage, my parents would have had to meet four criteria: (1) the two people are free to marry; (2) they freely exchange their consent; (3) in consenting to marry, they intend to marry for life, to be faithful to one another and be open to children; and (4) their consent is given in the presence of two witnesses and before an authorized Church minister.
In addition, because my father wasn't Catholic, my mother would have had to request permission from the local bishop to marry a non-Catholic. The non-Catholic spouse does not have to convert to Catholicism.
Because marriage is considered a sacrament, the Catholic church also requires the marriage to be performed in a church, or another venue that has been approved by a local bishop.
Yes, Catholic's can marry non-Catholic's. You can not do a full mass though, i.e. take communion but you can get married in the church provided they meet the criterion Lisa Vollrath provided.
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