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Old 19th June 2007, 10:21 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Originally Posted by Joey View Post
How does one determine if an annulment was granted by mistake? Is this something that will only be discovered after death? What would the consequences be for persons who are living in a natural marriage, thinking that it is sacramentally valid?

Sometimes it is clear whether or not a Sacrament of Marriage exists. Othertimes it can be quite uncertain. The three requirements for a valid Sacrament of Marriage are:
1. consent
2. consummation
3. form (includes all of the requirements for a valid Sacrament in Canon Law)

If one of these is absent or is diminished very substantially, then the Sacrament is not valid. But one cannot always be certain.

The ideal for a couple in an invalid or possibly invalid marriage is to receive the Sacrament of Marriage (a conditional private ceremony before a priest is used). But the situation can be very complex, so I can only make a few general statements.
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