In February 2018, the Archdiocese of Baltimore introduced a new policy that would allow couples to seek permission to hold their Catholic nuptials outside churches and chapels. Wedding locations are specified under Canon law, which states that ideally, weddings should be held in the couple’s home parish but with the permission of the Bishop or Priest “marriages can be celebrated elsewhere.”
Still off-limits are bars, casinos, and nightclubs. Baltimore is located close to water and weddings onboard a boat is not permitted to preclude against the possibility that the boat might float into an area outside the Archdiocese’s jurisdiction.
Baltimore’s new policy is currently undergoing a twelve-month trial period. Dianne Barr, Archdiocesan Chancellor, commented that at the end of the trial period, the Archdiocese would assess who has requested permission for weddings outside of a church and whether or not Priests found them helpful.
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