Witnessing marriage

Witnessing marriage
Question from M.S. on 8/28/2008:

My sister is a Catholic and so is the man she will marry. They have decided to get married on a cruise ship and not have a Catholic marriage ceremony. We know the marriage is not valid in the eyes of the Church, and we as practicing Catholics feel we cannot attend it. Could you please provide us with Church statements or canon law that will agree or disagree with this so we can provide it to our family members who are currently angry with us (and feel we are being un-Christian).
Answer by Catholic Answers on 8/28/2008:


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1 comment:

  1. Based on the date of this post I'm certain this is too late. However, being Catholic I do know there are rules dictating that Priests/Deacons have to get permission to witness such things but for the rest of us lowly lay-people we can pretty much go to any wedding we want regardless of what the local Bishop thinks. Plenty of my friends are Baptist, Church of Christ, Methodist, etc. I've been to all of the weddings. All were beautiful. I hope in the end you went to the wedding and enjoyed the company of family and friends...and a nice cruise!