Marriage outside church


#1

Are two Catholics excommunicated for marrying outside Catholic Church?


#2

No.

Not a good idea regardless.


#3

Technically two Catholics can’t get married outside the Church (without dispensation). The Church would not consider their marriage as valid and would consider them to be living in a state of sin.


#4

But not excommunicated, which is what the OP asked.


#5

If they are in mortal sin, they would not be able to recieve communion.


#6

[quote="teeboy, post:1, topic:292025"]
Are two Catholics excommunicated for marrying outside Catholic Church?

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No, but they don't have a valid marriage, are living in sin together (shacking up) and cannot take communion without mortally sinning again (so compounding their sin of fornication). Why not get married in the Church, if there are no impediments?


#7

Since such Catholics would be in an invalid marriage they would not be able to receive communion but they would not be excommunicated.


#8

Not anymore. The old 1918 code of canon law excommunicated Catholics who married in a Protestant church, but this is no longer in force.


#9

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