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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?


  { 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.


Paul replied:


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.



Tessa replied:


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.


Paul replied:


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.


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