In response to Spears’ story, Father Matthew P. Schneider, LC, who teaches theology at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina, outlined four main requirements for a wedding to take place in a Catholic church.
Either the bride or groom must be Catholic and free from any impediments, such as marriage to another person. Both the bride and groom must “intend what the Church does,” including recognizing marriage as something permanent, exclusive, and open to life.
They must also plan to raise their children Catholic.
4 main requirements for a wedding to take place in a Catholic church:
1. The man &/or woman is Catholic.
2. Neither has impediments (married to another, etc.).
3. Both intend what the Church does (permanent, exclusive, open to kids, etc.).
4. They plan to raise kids Catholic.
— Fr Matthew Schneider, LC (@FrMatthewLC) August 4, 2022
Schneider stressed that the Catholic Church welcomes all, even with these requirements.
“The Catholic Church is open to all, but for many to have a wedding in a Catholic church requires becoming Catholic & agreeing to Catholic teaching,” he tweeted. “Many other religions would be similar: for example, I doubt a synagogue would hold a wedding if neither spouse was Jewish.”
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