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Tessa wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • I'm dating a Catholic guy and I was wondering if we would be allowed to get married in a non-denominational church and have it be legit?
  • Would my pastor be allowed to preform the ceremony?

Tessa

  { If I'm marrying a Catholic, can we get married in a non-denominational church and have it be legit? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Tessa —

Yes. All you need is the proper dispensation from the bishop and your local Catholic pastor can arrange that.

Eric

Paul replied:

Tessa,

Reading your question, I am not sure if you are Catholic or non-denominational Protestant.

  • If you and your boyfriend are both Catholic, why would you want to marry in a non-denominational church?

If you are Protestant, your boyfriend would have to get a dispensation form his bishop, and an official Catholic witness will be provided.

You would also have to promise to allow all potential children to be brought up Catholic.

Peace,

Paul

Tessa replied:

Paul,

I am Non-denominational, he's Catholic.

  • Why would the children need to be brought up Catholic?

My pastor wants the children to be Non-denominational.

Tessa

Paul replied:

Tessa,

To marry a non-Catholic, a Catholic must promise to raise Catholic any future children from the marriage; and the spouse must promise not to get in the way of this.

Paul

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