Yes. It is. Canon Law requires that the couple have a marriage license. The canons state that a priest is prohibited from witnessing a marriage that does not comply with civil law. Civil law says the couple needs a license.
Do not try to play the innocent victim here. Do not even try. YOU launched a long string of verbal attacks against the Church, the hierarchy, and priests. You spewed forth numerous posts filled with baseless accusations against them, all because they won’t do what you want.
That is PRECISELY what you are suggesting.
You were the one who asked “Does anyone know of a priest who would be willing to take off his state hat and preside over their marriage as a sacrament only?”
That is offensive because it implies that we priests are nothing more than minions of the state who do the state’s bidding. Doing what you asked in that sentence is a violation of canon law, plain and simple. You cannot come back later and say you were not asking for something when you plainly did ask for exactly that.
You are asking for help finding a Catholic priest who will violate canon law in at least 2 significant ways:
- Marriage without a marriage license.
- Marriage without proper jurisdiction (a rogue priest)
So now you think you’re going to teach me what canon law says?
Again, it is certainly in canon law that a priest is prohibited from officiating at a marriage unless the requirements of civil law (in this case a license) are met.
Yes, I am going to defend the Church’s laws, Her reputation, and that of Her clergy. You bet I am.
I am especially going to defend it against what is obviously a hate-filled rant and whining session because you think that you know better than the Church and you want and expect the Church to do your bidding. Well, again I’ll tell you “this aint Burger King.”
Do I need to post a count of how many times you’ve done exactly that in this thread?
It is perfectly reasonable for the state (all 50 + territories) the require marriage licenses. State governments need to know who is married. This is just plain common sense. Without a marriage license system (of one kind or another) any 2 people can just claim to be married and there would be no way of verifying the truth of it. People could claim that they were married 10 years ago, and there would be no way of knowing if a marriage happened or not.