The Vatican announces a loosening of some of the restrictions imposed on marriages between Roman Catholics and non-Catholics. From now on, a Catholic who get married before a non-Catholic minister is no longer automatically excommunicated. Past excommunications for such marriages are also now lifted.
However, the Vatican still requires that the marriage ceremony be performed by a Catholic priest before the Catholic Church recognizes the marriage as valid. A non-Catholic priest or minister may attend and even say a few words, but not officiate or otherwise conduct any ceremonies or rituals. Until now Roman Catholic sacred rites, blessings, and sermons have been forbidden at marriage ceremonies between Catholics and non-Catholics.
Another change is that the promise expected from couples to baptize raise any children as Catholics no longer has to be made in writing.