Q: What is your view/church position on a non-Catholic Christian couple, belonging to a Pentecostal church, wanting to marry with their own authorised religious celebrant in our parish church? Neither person has been married before…the male fiancé is related to a Christian minister with whom I collaborate on various ecumenical fronts.
One viewpoint suggests the Blessed Sacrament not be present during the ceremony if it proceeds; another viewpoint suggests marriages in Catholic Churches have to be conducted according the Roman Catholic Rites.
Help, please. Prayerful best wishes.
A: A bishop may permit it. Look at the Vatican’s ecumenical directory, paragraphs 137-140:
It even permits a more stable sharing between Christian congregations.