Q. 1. I recently heard that the Catholic Church is against mix-marriage. Yet since Vatican II, there has been endless such marriages, these not being allowed prior to the Second Vatican. Can you tell me, what is the position of the Catholic Church regarding mix-marriage?
A. 1. On this matter, the Code of Canon Law states,
Canon Law # 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."
Simply said, a marriage between a Catholic and a baptized non-Catholic is not allowed.
But the Bishop may grant permission for a mix-marriage to take place if certain conditions are met:
Canon Law # 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."
It appears that since Vatican II, Bishops have approved in the millions mix-marriages. For that reason, just about every Catholic knows a Catholic who is married to a baptised non-Catholic from a Protestant Church. It is no wonder that the rate of Divorce is so high! Non-Catholic religions have no objection to divorcing and remarrying a number of times.