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I am Baptist and my husband is Catholic. We got married 3 months ago in a civil wedding. Is there a way to get a marriage blessing in the Catholic Church so they recognize it as valid. His priest said that we have to wait a year before doing so. Or do we need to just get married in the church? How long does it take to arrange a marriage blessing? Please help.
-- Michelle (Sshelly150@aol.com), June 23, 2004
Since you are not validly married in the eyes of the Church, it will be necessary for you to marry in the Church. The Church cannot "bless" a non- existent marriage, and a Catholic cannot become married by going through a civil ceremony. The rule about waiting a year is not a universal requirement as far as I know, but it could be a requirement in your local diocese, probably based on the fact that a great many marriages in which Catholic participants ignore God's will as made manifest through the teaching of His Church, do not endure for a year.
-- Paul M. (PaulCyp@cox.net), June 23, 2004.