Can a practicing Catholic officiate at a civil wedding ceremony?

Yes, a Catholic could preside at a civil wedding ceremony under some circumstances:

1. The couple must be non-Catholics not bound by Catholic marital law.

2. There must be no obvious impediments to their marriage (e.g., previous marriage, close blood relationship).

3. The Catholic must be authorized by the state to officiate at civil wedding ceremonies (e.g., judge, justice of the peace, other recognized official).

A Catholic cannot obtain “ordination“ from a mail-order or online “ordination“ mill, even if his state recognizes marriages performed by individuals who have obtained such “ordinations.“