From a reader…
My Son, who has lapsed from the Faith, is soon to be ‘married’ in a humanist ceremony. I and my wife have been invited but I am conscious of giving credence to the event. I am committing a sin by attending the ceremony.
Hmmm. A “humanist” marriage. One wonders what sort of ceremony that might be.
These matters are best discussed with a trusted priest close to your situation.
There is no canonical prohibition against attending an invalid wedding, but one must use the virtue of prudence to determine whether to attend or not.
Would attending – after expressing to your son your disappointment that he has abandoned his practice of the Faith – be a means to keep the door open to his return to the Faith, or would it be seen as tacit approval of the unfortunate situation?
Would refusing to attend demonstrate the seriousness with which you take his apostasy, or would it shut the door off to any future reconciliation?
Marriage, in our contemporary world, has become a cultural battlefield. Satan hates good, solid, Christian marriage and will do everything he can to undermine and discredit it.
This makes it all the more important that we do all we can to raise our children to understand the importance of marriage, the importance of choosing a good, faithful, Catholic marriage partner and and the need to follow the Church lead to prepare for and to contract marriage. We must do all we can to support young people who marry, and to assist married couples who struggle in their marriages.