Can a non-Catholic minister be in any way involved in a Catholic wedding inside the church?


Full Question

Can a non-Catholic minister be in any way involved in a Catholic wedding inside the church?

Answer

Yes, but he will first need to obtain permission from the bishop. The norms for active participation by the non-Catholic minister during the liturgical celebration are as follows:

 

The local ordinary can permit the celebration of mixed marriages during Mass either in individual cases or in general at the discretion of the pastor. A non-Catholic priest or minister may be present and actively participate in a Catholic liturgical celebration of marriage. He or she may be invited to give additional prayers, blessings, or words of greeting or exhortation. If the marriage is not part of a Mass, the minister may also be invited to read a lesson and/or to preach. However, only the Catholic minister may validly ask for and receive the consent of the parties in the name of the Church. (New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, 1348)

 


Peggy Frye