PERMISSIONS are for Liceity

PERMISSIONS are required for the liceity (lawfulness) of certain marriages. Such PERMISSION is to be obtained from the Local Ordinary or one of his Delegates when the priest or deacon preparing a couple for marriage encounters one of the following situations:

  • A Catholic and a baptized non-Catholic;
  • A person who has notoriously rejected the Catholic faith;
  • A Catholic who wishes to marry a non-Catholic in a non-Catholic church with a properly delegated Catholic minister officiating.


To marry a baptized non-Catholic (Canon 1124) or a Catholic who has notoriously rejected the Faith (Canon 1071, 2), or a lapsed Catholic, the Catholic must be informed fully of his/her grave obligation to safeguard, preserve and profess the Catholic faith and to have all children baptized and educated in the faith (Canon 1125, 1). So that mutual harmony may be achieved and possible disharmony avoided, the non-Catholic must be informed in clear terms of the declaration, promise, responsibility and obligation of the Catholic party (canon 1125, 2). Both parties must be instructed about the purposes and essential properties of marriage. (See Forms III A and III B.)