Why Must a Catholic get married in a Catholic church?

I’m looking for a way to easily explain the answer to this question to a non Catholic. I’d like to keep the answer simple enough for a non Catholic to understand. Any help would be appreciated.


For a Catholic marriage is all about God because people are all about God. He created us in His image and likeness. He is our origin and our ultimate union with Him is our goal. Before all else, marriage is a way to achieve that goal. It takes three for a Christian marriage: the man, the woman and Jesus Christ.

A church is a building designed specifically for acknowledging God and our love for Him. There is no more appropriate place for two Catholics to be united with Him through each other than a Catholic church.

I trust that this is easy enough.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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