The Church refers to these types of marriages as [widgets_on_pages id="In Post Ad"] Sometimes a future spouse will choose to go through a process called RCIA to become Catholic prior to marriage, but it is not necessary to become Catholic before marrying a Catholic.However, express permission of the local bishop is necessary.
For a mixed-marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic to work well it is important that the couple embraces what is common between their respective faith traditions and “to learn from each other the way in which each lives in fidelity to Christ,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1634).
This can be very difficult and trying, but can be overcome by mutual respect.
But I’ve just been looking at a new service booklet with the Order of Mass according to the Use of the Ordinariate.
It begins with that prayer, yet it is a Roman Catholic liturgy.
It might seem odd that the prayers which Catholics in penal days were ready to go to the scaffold to avoid, and that Anglo-Catholics were happy to break the law rather than use in worship, should now be embraced by Catholics who value Anglican patrimony.
But the language of Cranmer is something that many Anglicans treasure.
The Catholic Church does not forbid Catholics from marrying people who are not Catholic.
It has been the practice of the Church to marry non-Catholics and Catholics for quite some time.
In the intervening 50 years, Anglo-Catholics in England have generally used modern Anglican and Roman rites.
Even so, Mgr Burnham thinks “it is good that there is a distinct Ordinariate Order of Mass, that it is in the sacral language of the Prayer Book”.
So what would you think if you went into a church and heard the clergyman begin: “God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit…”?