In some movies the priest says the following phrase during a wedding: "Whoever is against this marriage should speak now or be silent forever".

Does this tradition exist in the Catholic church (especially in German-speaking parts of Europe)?

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I can't speak for the Deutscher Sprachraum directly, but in one of the English books I have there is...

Therefore if anyone can show any just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else forever hereafter hold his peace.

Yes, that's almost exactly the wording in the Church of England's Book of Common Prayer. It's prescribed for use in the Personal Ordinariates, but that order of service can only be used by Ordinariate priests.

However, in the 1969 rite, this wording does not appear, nor does it appear in the 2016 English translation of the 1991 rite which is currently in use. Consequently I reason that it does not appear in the 1991 normative Latin rite — which I haven't been able to find online — and it would not normally be used in other translations (including German). It did not appear in the 1962 rite.

  • Just to back this up, I was talking to a Catholic priest recently, and he was saying that this sort of "does anyone object?" line is not present in the Roman Catholic wedding ceremony (although, people have come to expect it from seeing the Protestant wedding ceremonies of the movies). Jun 11, 2018 at 19:34
  • Well, it's in a Roman Catholic wedding ceremony, as I have demonstrated. Jun 12, 2018 at 19:13

Catholic Church has a system of announcing the proposed marriage inviting objections if any.It is called Marriage Bann , and is announced on more than one occasion during the Sunday Mass preceding the scheduled date of the marriage. The announcement is made in both the parishes which the would-be grooms are residents of.

  • As does the Church of England. The minister still asks within the service itself as well. Also, Canon 1066 merely says that the lack of impediments must be established; it doesn't say how that is to be accomplished (and so there is no requirement to call Banns). Jun 9, 2018 at 16:11

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