How does Catholic wedding in Italy work?
And, what about the Catholic wedding rite? Is it only a ritual connected to a tradition or does it have a profound meaning, a wisdom?
Although we may not believe in Jesus Christ, it is evident that He is the most important man in history. An example? What year are we in?
2021. Well then 2021 years have passed since the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior.We will surely lose some anti-Christian clients because of this page, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we, as Catholic wedding planners, will be ourselves and we be able to share with our spouses, if they request it, our experience lived in Christianity.
Obviously we would also like to explain to you how the Catholic marriage works in Italy for foreigners, trying to enrich this topic with the most authentic meanings of the Christian faith and tradition.
How does holy catholic marriage with civil recognition work in Italy?
The so-called “matrimonio concordatario” is nothing more than the simultaneous celebration of the religious rite and the civil ceremony in a single act in front of a priest of the Catholic Church who, according to Italian law, on that specific occasion will play the role of public official.
When the wedding is celebrated it is possible to attribute civil efficacy to it.
Following the Concordat stipulated with the Holy See in 1929, in fact, the Italian State recognized the civil effects of the sacrament of matrimony, regulated by canon law.
With the 1984 Villa Madama Agreements, the ecclesiastical authority and the Italian State strengthened and clarified the content of the Concordat and the agreements entered into were made executive with the ratification law n. 121/1985.
Without necessarily having to celebrate two different rites, therefore, it will be possible to celebrate the wedding with a religious rite and obtain that it takes on juridically relevant effects in the Italian legal system. For this to happen: the Catholic minister must read the articles of the civil code relating to the rights and obligations of the spouses to the marrying couple.
Two originals of the marriage certificate must be drawn up, the marriage certificate must be registered in the civil status registers in Italy.
This last fulfillment is the most important one, since, failing that, the marriage bond will be valid, but will be effective only in the religious sphere.
The registration of the religious marriage in the civil status registers therefore has constitutive effectiveness, but the civil effects of the marriage retroactively to the day of the celebration and not from the moment of the actual registration.
There are also specific cases expressly provided for by the Villa Madama Agreements that do not allow the transcription of a marriage contracted with a canonical rite.
If the registration was not requested at the time of the marriage, it will always be possible to apply for the late registration of the marriage.
If there are impediments that involve the invalidity of the bond in the religious sphere (given the diversity of discipline), in order for the provision issued by the canonical authorities to be effective in the Italian legal system, it will be necessary to be examined and controlled by the civil Court of Appeal of the area where you celebrated your catholic wedding.The Court will make your religious wedding effective and enforceable with a sentence.
Furthermore, with regard to the transcribed concordat marriage, the Italian legal system has jurisdiction for what concerns the separation and dissolution of the bond. In any case, no provision of the Italian authority produces consequences in the canonical order, remaining, for it, the constituted marriage bond, indissoluble.
Civil wedding and canonical catholic wedding are in fact competing competences that operate on different levels.
How does the whole procedure begin?
The first thing to do is to contact your nearest parish catholic priest.Therefore you should not confuse with the Pastor of the local church of another religious movement.
The parish of your Church will ask you for some documents including the baptismal certificate. If one of the two spouses is not Catholic and does not wish to be baptized, he can still contract a Catholic marriage considering that canon law allows marriage with a non-believer, provided that the latter undertakes to educate the children according to the Catholic faith and agrees to the wife professes faith freely.
After having produced the required documentation, it could happen that the parish priest invites the couple to attend a marriage preparation course. Whether this will happen or not depends on the Diocese you are in.
Here you will have to communicate to your parish priest in which country, in which city and above all in which Church you want to get married.
Then it will be the parish catholic priest who will send the documentation to your Diocese of belonging. The latter will communicate the documents to the Diocese where the Church where your marriage will be celebrated belongs.
You or your wedding planner in Italy will take care to contact the parish priest of the church in Italy where you will get married in order to produce the necessary documentation for the civil and religious wedding.
After this phase, we enter in the canonical procedural phase which in Italian is called in Italian “processicolo” or “processetto”.
Below we propose you the questions that your parish priest or his representative will ask you to check if there are any impediments to your catholic marriage.
These questions have a solemn style, so don’t be scared.
It will certainly be your parish priest who will make the meeting more colloquial. Rest assured you are not in an inquisitorial process. The Church has thought of these questions to do your good, to make you reflect on whether it is really appropriate to marry a Catholic marriage considering that this type of bond is technically and substantially indissoluble.
Below each question is a brief explanation as to why this specific question is being asked.
When you were sixteen, did you live for more than a year in another diocese? Where is it?
Have you ever contracted marriage, even if only civil? If yes, when and with whom? How did this bond end? Have you had any children?
Why does he choose to get married in church?
Do you believe in marriage as a sacrament?
Do you have any difficulty in accepting the Church’s teaching on marriage? Which?
Marriage involves a fully free decision. Do you marry by your own choice, freely and for love, or are you forced by some necessity?
Do you feel pushed into marriage by your family members or those of your fiancée(fiancé)?
Marriage is a lifelong communion between a man and a woman. Do you want marriage to be unique and are you committed to marital fidelity?
It is God’s will that the marriage bond last until the death of one of the spouses. Do you want the marriage as indissoluble and therefore do you rule out dissolving it in divorce?
Marriage is by its nature ordered to the good of the spouses, to the procreation and education of offspring. Do you accept the task of fatherhood (of motherhood), without excluding the good of procreation? Do you intend to give your children a Catholic education? Does it place conditions on marriage? Which?
Does your fiancé (your fiancée) accept the marriage-sacrament as the only and indissoluble one, or does he have any reservations about it (infidelity, divorce)?
Are you sure that you are marrying freely for love?
In the engagement did you have reasons to doubt the success of your marriage? Did he/she hide anything that could seriously disturb marriage life?
IMPEDIMENTS AND PROHIBITIONS
Are there any consanguinity ties between you and your fiancé / fiancée?
Are there other impediments to canonical marriage or prohibitions on celebration?
[Under 18] Are your parents aware of your wedding? Are they against? –
[For those who are already Civilly married]
What was the reason for this choice? Why are you getting married in the church now? –
[For those who are civilly married to others]
Have you already obtained a divorce decree? Do you fulfill the natural duties resulting from your previous union?
Are there impediments or prohibitions to marriage according to the civil law, or to its registration?
Well, when you have passed these steps all you have to do is plan your christian wedding in Italy.
But what can a Catholic wedding planner in Italy do for you?
Well, certainly those who have embarked on a path of authentic christian faith know the Holy Scriptures, and therefore can, for example, advise you which readings you can have proclaimed during the liturgy of the word.
The latter, if selected correctly and made to read by the right people, will give a very strong emphasis to the celebration.
What about the music? For a Catholic wedding in the Church it is not necessary to have the musicians performing sacred music but it will be necessary to let the celebrant or parish priest see the sequence of the pieces you want to be performed.
A Christian Catholic wedding planner will also be able to propose you to include typically Jewish gestures in the liturgy. And you will say, what does Judaism have to do with it?
Well, most of the texts in our Bible were written according to the inspiration of the wisdom and experience of the Jewish population. There is no doubt.
Have you ever seen a Jewish wedding celebration? Ever seen a Chuppah? Well this is just an idea that we saw realized with our own eyes during a ceremony.
We will be happy to hear your story and why you’re planning to celebrate a Catholic wedding in Italy!We will give you our assistance in letting you know all the paperwork needed in order to celebrate your catholic wedding here!
We look forward to meeting you!