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Are couples who are not married in the Catholic Church, but are married civilly, really not allowed to serve in their parish?

What I mean by "serve" is to act as a head of a particular parish organization or even as a lector.

Kindly give me the exact law on this.

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    "couples who are not married in the Catholic church" is very vague. Does it mean couples married civilly only? Concubinage? Couples married before conversion to Catholicism? And what do you mean by "serve in their Catholic parish"? – Geremia May 4 '18 at 16:35
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    @Geremia I don't think that serving in lay ministry etc is a duplicate of receiving the eucharist. – curiousdannii May 5 '18 at 0:10
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    Some context for this would be helpful. Do you mean couples who are cohabiting, unmarried? In invalid 2nd marriages in defiance of church teaching? Or just couples who had a secular wedding before becoming Catholic? And where did you see this "not allowed"? – workerjoe May 5 '18 at 2:30
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    In most European countries it is required by law to marry secular first before a marriage in church. A contract between the Vatican and the national governments is even granting this. Some couples wait even multiple years between secular and church marriage! Even people having a position in the catholic church like cantors or sacristans and similar people. So at least "not yet married in the Church" is not a problem. – Martin Rosenau May 5 '18 at 18:08

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