From a reader…
Just last weekend, I attended the marriage of the oldest daughter of family friends (all of whom Catholics) to a Protestant man. The wedding occurred in the local Catholic Church, but both the local priest and the groom’s pastor officiated the marriage service. There was no Mass, nor any Eucharistic Service, but I wonder if this is technically a valid or licit wedding.
Weddings between a Catholic and a non-Catholic ordinarily should not take place within the context of a Mass.
Many Catholics have a misunderstanding of this and think that, for it to be a “real” wedding, there has to be a Mass.
Since the non-Catholic party cannot receive the Holy Eucharist, it can be awkward to celebrate the covenant between two people and then have only one receive.
Also, before weighing in on the validity or not of the wedding, clarification is needed about what you mean by “both the local priest and the groom’s pastor officiated.”
In interfaith weddings, the Ecumenical Directory, which governs these sorts of things states:
158. Upon request of the couple, the local Ordinary may permit the Catholic priest to invite the minister of the party of the other Church or ecclesial Community to participate in the celebration of the marriage, to read from the Scriptures, give a brief exhortation and bless the couple.
What is not permitted is mixing up the roles for administering the vows.
Only one minister should do that.
If the priest (or deacon) asks both parties for their “I do’s” we’re in the clear.
If the Protestant minister did it, we can presume that the Catholic party obtained a dispensation from canonical form, and we’re still in the clear.
If the Catholic priest asked the Catholic bride for her “I do” and the Protestant minister asked the Protestant groom for his “I do”,then, Houston, we have a problem.