Note that those same requirements hold when a Catholic marries a baptized Christian from a different denomination where there’s no “impediment.” The impediment, however, applies with marriages to those who consider themselves Christians but are not baptized (e.g.Quakers, Salvation Army members) or whose churches practice baptism that Catholicism deems invalid on theological grounds (e.g.This site notes that “while the church isn’t particularly keen on Catholics marrying non-Christians, we can see that it often permits it.” Further comment observes that if it’s not clear the Catholic party will undertake the required promises the bishop will decline permission for a church wedding.Also “if the non-Catholic spouse is clearly hostile to Catholicism, to the Catholic party’s continued practice of the faith after the marriage, or to the notion that the children of the marriage are to be raised Catholic, the bishop will be hard-pressed to find any justification.”Catholic weddings are bound to observe “canonical form.” Except in extraordinary circumstances this means the service occurs in a Catholic church, witnessed by a priest or deacon, and without a non-Catholic minister jointly officiating in the actual marriage rite (as opposed to other parts of a service).Rather, it is one the commandments G-d gave us at Mount Sinai.A Jew who marries a non-Jew transgresses a Torah prohibition.
This doesn’t mean the church doubts the couple is truly married, nor does it signify any disrespect toward Judaism with which — yes — Christianity has great affinity.
Before Juliann Richards met Neal Levy, she didn’t doubt that she’d marry a fellow Catholic someday.
After all, Richards was raised Catholic, attended Catholic school, grew up mostly around fellow Catholics, and knew she wanted her children raised with the same faith.
“We realize that this is a major pastoral issue,” says Sheila Garcia, associate director of the U. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth.
Garcia says that while supporting these couples pastorally, the church also is concerned with making sure the Catholic in a mixed-religion marriage continues to practice his or her faith and that the couple takes seriously the Catholic party’s pledge to raise their children Catholic.