Pope Paul VI issues an apostolic letter setting down new regulations for marriages between Catholics and non-Catholics. The letter is characterized by Vatican officials as a "definite step" towards greater unity between the Catholic Church and other denominations.
However, Pope Paul VI will continue to discourage mixed-faith marriages because they "do not, except in some cases, help in re-establishing unity among Christians."
Pope Paul VI writes:
"Diocesan bishops may now permit mixed marriages involving Catholics to take place without the presence of a Catholic priest, provided there is some public form of marriage service. This dispensation from the required form of Catholic marriage may be granted only for serious reasons."