[quote="1ke, post:34, topic:200499"]
Uh, yeah, I do make this assertion** because it is true**. I don't know what your problem is. It is easy enough to look at the requirements in canon law, but since you didn't bother, here let me post them for you:
Can. 1124 Without express permission of the competent authority, a marriage is prohibited between two baptized persons of whom one is baptized in the Catholic Church or received into it after baptism and has not defected from it by a formal act and the other of whom is enrolled in a Church or ecclesial community not in full communion with the Catholic Church.
Can. 1125 The local ordinary can grant a permission of this kind if there is a just and reasonable cause. He is not to grant it unless the following conditions have been fulfilled:
1/ the Catholic party is to declare that he or she is prepared to remove dangers of defecting from the faith and is to make a sincere promise to do all in his or her power so that all offspring are baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church;
2/ the other party is to be informed at an appropriate time about the promises which the Catholic party is to make, in such a way that it is certain that he or she is truly aware of the promise and obligation of the Catholic party;
3/ both parties are to be instructed about the purposes and essential properties of marriage which neither of the contracting parties is to exclude.
The "local ordinary" in canon law means the Bishop.
Anecdotal conversations aside, Canon Law is quite clear that a valid marriage cannot exist between a Catholic and a non-Catholic unless the Bishop expressly gives permission.
The requirements in 1956 were even more stringent than they are now. I did not say that such a marriage cannot ever take place. I said it is prohibited unless they receive permission from the Bishop and meet all of the requirements for his permission.
Just because you do not "remember" the priest contacting the bishop does not mean he did not. The required permission from the bishop is **not **verbal. And, one does not just pick up the phone and call the bishop. The bishop typically takes appointments only.
Permission for mixed marriage requires a document be filled out, submitted to the Bishop at the diocese, and his signature obtained. The priest could have indeed completed all the premarital paperwork after the initial conversation with your brother and sister-in-law. He would have had several meetings with them during premarital preparation in which freedom to marry is ascertained and also the permissions for mixed marriage documented along with baptismal records, etc.
There is a process. It's not done verbally. And, you were not likely witness to it.
I suggest you learn a little more about Catholic Canon Law.
last comment: I have to work for a living...I can't lock myself in room and read Canon Law all day long.
anywhoooo.........I am glad they got married. Yes, it was hell for my parents...alot of back and forth. For my brother and sis in law...it was a piece of cake. Glad that is over with....:D