We have a woman who was baptized in an SSPX Parish [not a parish… just some sort of chapel]. She attends Mass there. She recognizes that the SSPX lacks the jurisdiction for a Catholic Marriage. [Exactly, they don’t act as a witness for the Church, which results in lack of proper form.] She has approached the local parish in the Diocese about getting married there. [Good for her!]
Is she in need of making an act of faith prior to the marriage?
Where should such a marriage, that takes place in the diocesan parish, be recorded? It isn’t as if she is being received in to the Church.
The SSPX is not in formal schism. Therefore, she would not need to make a Profession of Faith. She is Catholic, albeit in an irregular situation.
I strongly urge this thoughtful lady to make a good confession to a priest with faculties, if she’s been going to confession to an SSPX priest over the years. They don’t have faculties to receive sacramental confessions and therefore they do not absolve validly under normal circumstances (but they do in danger of death).
Record keeping. That’s a puzzle. Here’s a solution, the best I know so far.
SSPX chapels are located within the boundaries of a real parish associated with local diocese. All the baptisms and 1st Communions and confirmations that take place irregularly within the boundaries of the diocesan parish are the “property”, so to speak, of the local diocesan parish. Therefore, I suppose you would send a note to the parish whose boundaries include that SSPX chapel. Include all the information you can gather.
Ideally, we could go to the SSPX chapel and take possession of their sacramental record books, because those valid Catholic sacraments took place, not in the SSPX chapel, but truly in the Latin Catholic parish. So, when news came down of a marriage for someone who had been baptized at St. Athanasius the Long Suffering Chapel of District 529 of the SSPX a record would be written into the register at Our Lady Queen of Holy Popes Catholic Church recording as much information as could be gleaned. Thereafter, all the people in question, receiving sacraments, should be told that all sacramental records should be asked for from OLQHP, and any future notations should be sent there.
I look forward to the day when these things are resolved.