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Performing wedding for non-Catholics
Question from Anita on 8/15/2014:

My husband (he is Catholic) was asked to perform a wedding ceremony for a non-Catholic couple. What does he need to do to be able to do this?

Answer by Catholic Answers on 8/18/2014:

Anita--

So long as neither the bride nor the groom is Catholic (or former Catholics), and presuming that there are no known impediments to the marriage (e.g., previous marriage), all that your husband needs is permission from your state to preside at a civil marriage ceremony. Keep in mind that a Catholic can only preside at a civil marriage ceremony for non-Catholics. He cannot preside at a non-Catholic religious marriage ceremony. He also cannot obtain any kind of "ministerial" certification from a non-Catholic ecclesial community.

Michelle Arnold
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