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Use this tag for questions about attitudes and doctrines regarding marriage. For questions relating specifically to same-sex marriage and polygamy, use the appropriate tags.

Concubinage/cohabitation is a sin because, among other reasons, it belittles the sacrament of marriage. gives scandal. places one in the occasion of sin to fornicate. cf. McHugh & Callan's Moral … habitual sexual intercourse as if they were man and wife. According to reports, this is quite common in Europe, where lawful marriage is very often preceded by free unions. The trial marriage advocated …
answered Mar 12 '18 by Geremia
Can. 1118 §1. A marriage between Catholics or between a Catholic party and a non-Catholic baptized party is to be celebrated in a parish church. It can be celebrated in another church or oratory … with the permission of the local ordinary or pastor. §2. The local ordinary can permit a marriage to be celebrated in another suitable place. Thus, according to §2, you would need permission from the "local ordinary" (bishop) to have a wedding somewhere other than in a Catholic church. …
answered Nov 29 '16 by Geremia
Veils are indeed Scriptural, as St. Paul, in Chapter 11 of his First Letter to the Corinthians, instructs women to cover their heads in church: every woman praying or prophesying with her head not …
answered Jun 30 '16 by Geremia
If one is forced into marriage, that invalidates the marriage according to Canon Law: Can. 1103 A marriage is invalid if entered into because of force or grave fear from without, even if … unintentionally inflicted, so that a person is compelled to choose marriage in order to be free from it. Also, an attempted marriage of a baptized Catholic outside the Church is automatically invalid …
answered Jan 15 '16 by Geremia
Yes, because The effect of a radical sanation is to render a marriage valid not only from the moment the sanation is granted but from the moment naturally sufficient consent was initially given … . Unless the law asserts an express provision to the contrary, the radical sanation makes the validity of a marriage retroactive to its beginning.—New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law p. 1388 …
answered Jan 19 '16 by Geremia
Ann would be in an invalid marriage with Chris: Can. 1085 §1. A person bound by the bond of a prior marriage, even if it was not consummated, invalidly attempts marriage. §2. Even if the … prior marriage is invalid or dissolved for any reason,* it is not on that account permitted to contract another before the nullity or dissolution of the prior marriage is established legitimately and …
answered Aug 2 '17 by Geremia
Yes, Louis (1823-1894) & Zélie Martin (1831-1877), parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, were jointly canonized in October 2015.
answered Feb 21 by Geremia
or unesteemed in patristic times. Tertullian, himself a married man, informs us in his Catholic period, of lay people who practise continence within marriage «pro cupiditate regni coelestis».11 So do … invalidly:…a spouse, while the marriage continues to exist;") or the corresponding 1917 Can. 542 1.° [d] abrogate the Second Nicene Council (787), Canon 20; but, as the commentary on the 1983 Code …
answered Jun 2 '15 by Geremia
1983 Code of Canon Law canon 1083 §3 says: Sterility neither prohibits nor nullifies marriage The 1917 Code canon 1063 §3 says the same. …
answered Aug 9 '18 by Geremia
pleasure in itself is morally neutral (Super Sent., lib. 4 d. 31 q. 2 a. 3 co. // suppl. q. 49 a. 6 co.): pleasure in a good action is good, and in an evil action, evil; wherefore, as the marriage act …
answered Apr 21 '18 by Geremia
exigit non solum omissionem actus carnalis, sed recessum a tali statu. Even in English, "to live in [a state of] sin" means "to cohabit outside marriage". …
answered Jun 3 by Geremia
For the Church to recognize a marriage between two baptized Catholics as valid, they must follow canonical form: Can. 1108 §1. Only those marriages are valid which are contracted before the … support to an invalid or doubtfully valid marriage. The fact you and your fiance positively choose not to have a Catholic wedding shows ill-will on your part toward the only true religion. …
answered May 8 '18 by Geremia
The case of King Lothair II against Pope Nicholas I is what really interested the Church in judging what constitutes a valid marriage. A particularly striking instance occurred in the dispute … over the marriage of King Lothair II and Theutberga, which involved Pope Nicholas I in the years 860-869 and caught much attention in the Church and in the world. The question, which occupied several …
answered Sep 9 '15 by Geremia
not occasion to the adultery, can not contract another marriage during the lifetime of the other; and, that he is guilty of adultery, who, having put away the adulteress, shall take another wife, as …
answered Oct 25 '15 by Geremia
judges, let him be anathema. Thus, positively, judging whether a marriage is valid or not belongs to the Church (specifically, to marriage tribunals; cf. What God Has Joined Together: The Annulment Crisis in American Catholicism by Robert H. Vasoli). …
answered Jun 7 '17 by Geremia

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