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Old 19th June 2007, 01:32 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Default TS 7e: Holy Matrimony

Before the wedding at Cana, the only marriage was a natural marriage, based on the creation of Eve to be a helper to Adam. The parents of the Virgin Mary had a natural marriage, based on the OT convenant, but not a Sacrament of Marriage.

For a valid Sacrament of Marriage, there are three things that are needed:
1. consent
2. consumation
3. proper form (as specified by Canon Law)

The form can be changed to some extent by proper authority in the Church. A Bishop can even dispense from some of the requirements of form.

A valid Sacrament of Marriage continues until the death of one or both of the spouses. Nothing can break the bond of marriage but death (or the general resurrection).

An anullment is a declaration that a valid Marriage never existed. But if the persons making that declaration are mistaken, then the anullment has no power to make a valid Marriage invalid. The Church does not anull marriages; it sometimes declares that a valid Sacrament of marriage never existed. But the valid Sacrament of marriage cannot be anulled.

Marriage is limited to the union of one man with one women. Even the Church does not have the authority or ability to change that requirement.

Marriages in Protestant Churches are not generally accepted as valid Sacraments of Marriage in the Catholic Church, due to the requirements of form not being met. This can be remedied by new converts by a brief private ceremony with a parish priest.

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