[quote="KAISERE85, post:9, topic:5421"]
This subject never made any clear sense to me. Why can't Catholics get married outside with a priest. These are my thoughts on this whole siutation.
1) In the bible, Jesus says something about as long as theres two more more people present, I am there. So to me I would think that no matter where you want to get married, Jesus will be present for you to receive the sacrament on marriage.
2) Back in Christ's time, they did not have a church, so Jesus would worhship anywhere he possibly could, so once again why should it matter if you are in the church or on a beach.
3) I thought the Priest was a spiritual form of Christ, so if a Priest is present, so is the sacrament of Marriage.
Someone please help me understand why you cant get married by a catholic priest outdoors.
You've entered an older thread, but, since it's still open, let's review.
As a Catholic, we are beholden to specific rules for a valid marriage. Our bishops generally require us to marry within a Catholic church building because we are as close to God there (through the Holy Eucharist, which is always present except near Easter) than anywhere else.
A marriage is part of the seven Sacraments of the Church--important gifts from God that must be accepted in specific ways, such as baptism and confirmation.
As Jesus was a Jew, you can be sure that the wedding in Cana was done to Jewish norms of the time for a ceremony, although Scripture doesn't elaborate on it (why would Jesus attend a scandalous wedding?).
That's not to say that every Catholic must marry within their church. Couples can request a dispensation, or special exception, that allows them to marry outside in certain cases.
Most couples don't have a problem marrying inside. Many Catholic churches are low in cost to reserve if you are a member, and their interiors are extremely beautiful.
In a Catholic nuptial Mass, it's not the priest that marries the couple. The couple gives the Sacrament to each other. The priest is merely a witness to the pairing.
This link from the US Conference of Catholic Bishop's "For Your Marriage" website gives more detail as well as support in Scripture for these requirements.