Since the Church generally recognizes the validity of non-Catholic baptisms, the Baptist spouse would indeed be receiving the sacrament along with the Catholic spouse.But if a Catholic marries a non-baptized person—a Muslim, let’s say—in a Catholic wedding ceremony, and if a Catholic wedding confers the sacrament of matrimony on the two spouses by definition, how can the non-baptized spouse possibly be receiving that sacrament?My wife and I both encourage one another to make God our first priority, and in doing so, our relationship with each other will flourish.
Instead, the relevant canons of the code repeatedly assert that the cleric simply “assists” at the marriage (cc. When a Catholic marries an unbaptized person, even in a Catholic ceremony, the Catholic spouse is not conferring the sacrament of matrimony on the non-Christian spouse.
This might sound harsh, but I promise you it’s a standard worth implementing.
(Proverbs 3:6)The Bible is pretty clear when it comes to this topic.
For starters, it’s absolutely true that you can’t receive any of the other sacraments unless you’ve been baptized first.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1213) and the Code of Canon Law (c.