Contrary to popular assumption, the Code actually still requires that Catholics get the permission of their bishop to marry a non-Catholic, even one who is baptised.While failure to get permission for a mixed marriage no longer invalidates the exchange of consent, as it did in the 1917 Code of Canon Law, the matter is still treated at length.
Answer: I am deeply concerned for you and your friend.
For years I was dissatisfied with the Catholic vs Protestant debate because I saw Christ profoundly in both of Christianity’s two largest groups.
It was especially puzzling when one group excelled in the other group’s gifts!
While the Pope’s clear reluctance to respond to a sincere question with a blunt “no” led him to give an answer which could seem open ended, and this helped fuel the reaction, the substance of his remarks was serious food for thought in the ongoing discussion of marriage in the Church.
The reality of one spouse being able to receive Communion, and the other not, is often a source of serious discomfort in what are canonically called “mixed marriages” (between a Catholic and a Protestant).