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Thomas Hannon wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a Catholic and intend on marrying a Muslim. We will first have a ceremony presided over by an Imam in a Mosque. A month later, we will be married in a Catholic church by a priest. This ceremony will be the official and legal ceremony.

  • Provided I obtain the correct dispensation to marry a Muslim, are there any issues with having the first ceremony conducted by an Imam?


  { Given my dispensation to marry a Muslim, are there any issues having an Imam ceremony first? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:


  • Will he be civilly married by the Imam?
  1. If so, he must either refrain from sexual relations or refrain from Holy Communion until the Catholic marriage is celebrated.
  2. If not, and the Catholic is having the civil marriage, then there are no difficulties with what they propose to do.

As an aside — the order is important. If the Catholic marriage was a month prior to the Muslim ceremony there would be difficulties.

If the Catholic marriage is first and the Imam ceremony was second then the Muslim would be probably thinking that the act is not complete until the Imam marriage.

  • Therefore is the consent total?

It makes it questionable.

For this reason, we do the Catholic marriage last.

Fr. Jonathan

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