ASK FATHER: Wedding of Catholics with a non-priest out in Mother Nature

Posted March 15, 2017 4:18 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Wedding of Catholics with a non-priest out in Mother Nature

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My son and fiancee are Catholics and considering having a non-priest perform the ceremony in the Outer Banks, NC. We have two family members saying that as Catholics, they can’t attend the wedding because it is outside of the church. Is there some rule that is keeping them from attending the wedding?
Once again we wade into the harsh waters that flow between the permissible and the prudent.
Catholics are obliged to marry in the presence of a duly delegated official witness of the Church, almost always a priest, deacon, or bishop. When a Catholic marries a non-Catholic, the Catholic’s bishop can (if certain

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