Question: Can a retired priest marry a couple outside the church?

Can a pastor marry you outside the church?

The permission of the local ordinary or pastor is required: the permission of the pastor of one of the parties to celebrate a marriage in another parish church (and presumably that of the pastor of the other church) and the local ordinary’s permission to celebrate in a non-parochial church or oratory.

Can a former Catholic priest get married?

For any Catholic priest, if already ordained a priest, they cannot subsequently marry. Likewise, marriage after ordination is not possible ordinarily, without permission of the Holy See.

Which Catholic priests can marry?

Married priests are already allowed in Eastern Catholic Churches loyal to the pope, and Anglican priests who convert to Catholicism can remain married after ordination.

Can a priest leave the priesthood?

According to canon law as laid down in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, when a man takes holy orders, it “confers an indelible spiritual character and cannot be repeated or conferred temporarily.” Therefore, priests technically cannot resign their priesthood.

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