If a baptized Catholic marries a non-baptized person, is that a valid marriage?

By November 8, 2014 7 Comments

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If a baptized Catholic marries a non-baptized person, is that a valid marriage? Are there any special requirements?


The Code of Canon Law allows this by dispensation only. Here are the requirements for dispensation:

The local ordinary can grant a permission of this kind if there is a just and reasonable cause. He is not to grant it unless the following conditions have been fulfilled:
  1. the Catholic party is to declare that he or she is prepared to remove dangers of defecting from the faith and is to make a sincere promise to do all in his or her power so that all offspring are baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church;
  2. the other party is to be informed at an appropriate time about the promises which the Catholic party is to make, in such a way that it is certain that he or she is truly aware of the promise and obligation of the Catholic party;
  3. both parties are to be instructed about the purposes and essential properties of marriage which neither of the contracting parties is to exclude. (CIC 1125)


  • Rudy says:

    So is that a yes or no???

  • Moe says:

    yes but with conditions. my dad is Jewish and my mom is Catholic. For my mom and dad to be married in the church, she had to promise to raise her children Catholic and for my father to be okay with that.

    • Mezan says:

      @ Moe, if i may ask, how has your parents marriage worked? I’m dating a Jew and im catholic and has always been and if i do end up marrying this guy im scared our marriage wont work due to our belief. Did they have a common ground or something?

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  • Flor says:

    Yes! I got married in that form.

  • Eliza says:

    I married a man whose father did not believe in organized religion so at that time he did not believe in God or Jesus. Through our Engagement Encounter (so much better than Pre Cana), 18 years of marriage and 16 years of raising our sons in the Catholic faith (especially Catholic education since PreK), he embraces our Faith. Our family hasn’t given up on baptism and confirmation one day! Our marriage was performed by my uncle (Dominican Priest) with 16 additional Priests participating. He is the best father and supportive husband. We live modestly, “do without”, and devote our lives to service to others so our boys can have a Catholic education and live the true Judeo-Christian Doctrine. He is a better man than I deserve and my family is blessed!

  • Margarey says:

    Eliza, Im happy for you. My story is somehow like yours only without the happy ending. Im still praying and believing God for that happy ending. Amen!

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