Follow usTwitterFacebook

Latest

12 Sep 2014 USA No comments

Mo. lawmakers override governor's veto to pass pro-life measures

St. Louis, Mo., Sep 12, 2014 / 03:49 pm .- The Missouri legislature has overridden two vetoes from Gov. Jay Nixon in order to implement a three-day waiting peri…

Read more

04 Nov 2016 News No comments

New bishop appointed in Guam following suspension of archbishop over abuse allegations

A new civil lawsuit has been filed against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who was suspended in June The Pope has appointed a new coadjutor bishop of the Catholic C…

Read more

07 Dec 2016 News No comments

'Zombie Catholics' appear in France - How will the Church respond?

It happened in Britain. It happened in the U.S. And now it's happening in France. A staunchly right-winged politician whose changes seemed slim when the p…

Read more

02 Oct 2016 News Comments (1)

Pope Francis challenges gender theory in defense of marriage

In a lengthy, off-the-cuff speech in Georgia, Pope Francis said the world today is at war with marriage, and urged couples to fight against modern threats to th…

Read more

25 Nov 2015 News USA No comments

Pope Francis appoints new bishop for Catholics nurtured in the Anglican Communion

Pope Francis   announced the appointment of the first Bishop of the ordinate of the chair of Peter, Msgr. Steven J. Lopes. The Ordinariate has more than 40 Roma…

Read more

09 Dec 2016 News Comments (1)

Did Pope Francis compare media obsession with fake news to consumption of bodily waste?

Pope Francis has issued a statement against the media's obsession with fake news and gossip. Except, the term he used to describe the obsession is raising eyebr…

Read more

20 Sep 2014 Q&A Comments (28)

What happens to our bodies immediately after we die?

Full Question What is the official church teaching on what happens after our earthly bodies die: Are we "dead" until Judgment Day or do we immediately go to he…

Read more

30 Jan 2016 Articles No comments

Curricula: The Catholic Church's Hierarchy

The hierarchy connotes the totality of powers established in the Church for the guiding of man to his eternal salvation, but divided into various orders or grad…

Read more

10 Oct 2014 Vatican No comments

Cardinal shines light on migration, marriage prep in family synod

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 04:32 am .- The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our u…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

Can I be ordained online to officiate a wedding?

Full Question

The Universal Life church offers quick, free ordinations online that allow someone to officiate at a civil wedding. Can a Catholic obtain such an ordination?

Answer

There are two principles to keep in mind here: First, a Catholic cannot accept “ordination” in a non-Catholic church because such “ordination” is invalid and because it gives the appearance that one has joined and ministers in a non-Catholic church. Second, assuming that there are no obvious impediments to marriage, a lay Catholic who is qualified by the state to preside at civil marriages may do so for non-Catholics who are not bound by Catholic marital law.

In short, although a Catholic may not try to become “ordained” in a non-Catholic church in order to officiate at a civil wedding, if he is qualified by the state by some other licit means to preside at civil weddings (e.g., judge, justice of the peace), he can preside at a civil wedding under the conditions mentioned above.










wpsd_autopost:
1

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories