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Anna wrote:

Hi, guys —

I've read that when a Catholic and a non-baptized person get married in the Catholic Church,
their marriage is not considered a sacrament.

  • That being understood, can a Catholic and a non-baptized person enter into a
    civil marriage that is recognized by the Catholic Church?

Anna

  { Can a Catholic and a non-baptized person enter into a civil marriage that the Church recognizes? }

Paul replied:

Anna,

No, they can not. A baptized Catholic must marry in the Church for it to be a valid marriage.

You might need to clarify in your mind the difference between the terms "valid" and "sacramental".

The first scenario you mentioned, (a Catholic and a non-baptized person getting married in the Catholic Church,) would be a valid "natural" marriage. It would be recognized by the Church, but would not have the supernatural dynamic that a marriage of two baptized people would enter in to.

The second scenario you mentioned, (a Catholic and a non-baptized person entering into a civil marriage), would be neither valid nor sacramental, if one of the parties is Catholic.

Paul

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