BASIC R.C. BELIEF
The Catholic Church has always differentiated between marriages of a Roman
Catholic to a baptized or unbaptized non-Catholic. Marriages to unbaptized
people weren't allowed; other non-Catholics had to sign a pre-nuptial
POST VATICAN II
Regulations have been relaxed since Vatican II, and many progressive
priests do not even follow these. There is quite a variety in the way mixed
marriages are treated today, but the following are the actual Vatican
(a) The pre-nuptial agreement is not necessary. The Roman Catholic party
must agree never to expose himself to the danger of losing his Faith, and
to see that the children are baptized, brought up as Catholics and receive
aids to salvation offered by the Church.
(b) If the marriage to a baptized non-Roman Catholic is contracted
without dispensation, it is valid but not licit. If the party is unbaptized
and no permission has been given, the marriage is invalid. However, a
dispensation from both these impediments may be had if the Roman Catholic
party agrees to conditions mentioned in the previous paragraph, and the non-
Roman Catholic party is informed of these promises either orally, in
writing, or before witnesses, according to the decision of the Bishop.
(c) The Protestant minister may give a short exhortation, but is not
supposed to participate in the actual ceremony. No religious ceremony
before or after the Roman Catholic sacrament (ceremony) is allowed.
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