Rob your family and loved ones of being present.
I get this was a convalidation, but the uncatechized are incapable of understanding the distinction, as one can tell by the secular media stories.
No guidance or catechesis or survival tools are necessary. Rob the people who know and love you the most from advisory roles on conflicts they see that challenge permanence. Immaturity, incompatibility, addictions. There is no need to have a handle on what the Sacrament is and means and what you are promising when you make the vow. It can be done outside of the Sanctuary, on a plane or in a public restroom. Anyone who advises you differently-- be it a parent or a priest--is sourpuss who doesn't know Church teaching is the enemy of love.
And let us face it: the validity of an actual marriage under these circumstances would not survive canonical scrutiny.
Here is some information about the validity of conferring the Sacrament of Marriage outside of the Sanctuary.
In essence, it all comes down to permission, which is never granted. There are a few historical exceptions of deep-pocketed celebrities being granted permission.
This is also pertinent information on convalidation and radical sanation.
A spokesperson for the Holy See defended the validity.
Ed Peters doesn't seem convinced:
Burke also seemed concerned to defend the sacramental validity of the marriage, but misstated Catholic doctrine and law in order to do so.
“Doctrinally it’s ok because to be married the ministers are the people themselves, you just need a witness. There are a couple of other things, normally there are publications, and there are things that have to be passed over. But it’s perfectly legit and everyone’s happy,” said Burke.
Pope Francis performed on Thursday the first-ever papal marriage ceremony aboard the plane bound for Iquique, the final day of his Apostolic Visit to Chile!
Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office, said the marriage was "totally legit" and "doctrinally OK". pic.twitter.com/F9KKzE4Omr
— Vatican News (@VaticanNews) January 18, 2018
American Canon Lawyer Ed Peters raised concern that the marriage was contrary to canonical form and may not be valid.
"Based on the reports...I cannot tell whether the ‘wedding’ that the pope put together for an unsuspecting couple satisfies Church requirements on marriage, and several other laws impacting the liceity of marriage seem simply to have been disregarded in the event," he wrote.
"As happened several times under earlier administrations, a representative from the Vatican Press Office assures us that 'everything was valid.' Such assertions by canonically unqualified and unauthorized PR staff carry, of course, no weight. Real questions worthy of real answers are still raised by this event," he added.
Peters said that "canonical form is still law for Catholics and that law goes to the validity of Catholic marriage."
The Code of Canon Law requires for marriages to be sacramentally valid that the vows of the couple must be received the local bishop or pastor or a clergyman or even layman to whom the local bishop has delegated the authority (can. 1108 §1) and must take place within a Catholic church unless a dispensation from the law is given by the requisite authority (can. 1118). The pope has the authority to dispense from these obligations.
Simulation of valid Sacrament does not seem out of the question. Will post more as experts weigh in.
More from Ed Peters.
The Pope is on his way to Peru. Could we see impromptu ordinations on a two-humped camel?