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Can a non-Catholic receive Baptism (to formally marry a Catholic), without converting to the Catholic faith?

Once she receives the sacrament of Baptism, is she required to convert to Catholicism for that Baptism - and therefore the marriage - to be valid in the eyes of the Church and in the eyes of God? ...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

Genesis 2:24–25 (ESV): Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ...
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On the topic of marriage in heaven, how does the LDS church reconcile Matthew 22:23-33?

It's important to understand who 'they' refer to. From verse 23 we know the Lord is talking directly to the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection. They were asking a question to bait/trap ...
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What happens in heaven if you remarry?

Matthew 22:23-30 23 The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, 24 saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his ...
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Did Martin Luther ever admit that his approval of Philip's bigamy was wrong?

Luther did not recant. From: John Alfred Faulkner, "Luther and the Bigamous Marriage of Philip of Hesse, The American Journal of Theology Vol. 17, No. 2 (Apr., 1913), pp. 206-231 (on pp. 228-9) - ...
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In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, if a man becomes a widower, can he become a priest?

In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, if a man becomes a widower, can he become a priest? The short answer is: Absolutely I know a priest in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma who became a permanent ...
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In the Catholic Church, what are the options for a person whose spouse abandons them?

There's not a lot that can be done in this particular instance. One possibility is for Alice to argue that if Ben saw fit to leave, he didn't seem to be taking the marriage vows very seriously, and ...
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Is there a term for children whose parents' marriage ends with nullity?

Yes, there is a term: legitimate children Canon 1137 of The Code of Canon Law: “The children conceived or born of a valid or putative marriage are legitimate.” Canon 1061 of the Code of Canon ...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

There were no priests then who could marry them. But given that priests are only God's representatives on Earth, God clearly could marry them. Genesis 1:28, already quoted by others, can be understood ...
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Why is God said to have married a couple?

The Essentials Marriage is a Sacrament. The Church has nothing to do with a divorce. (That's a civil matter). The passages in Matthew 19 and Mark 10 are pretty clear about Moses permitting divorce ...
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Did a married couple live in fornication if annulled? (Catholic)

The short answer is, “not exactly,” and they are probably not culpable for their sexual relations. In fact, to the degree that each party thinks he is fulfilling his marital obligation to the other, ...
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Did the early church accept lifelong, faithful concubinage?

Pope Calixtus I, who died around 222, permitted the marriage of high born women to men of a lower class, and even to slaves. This was contrary to Roman law, so the Pope was recognising as validly ...
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Can a bishop allow Marriage between cousins?

Can a bishop allow Marriage between cousins? The short answer is yes: first cousins can marry if the diocesan bishop grants an appropriate dispensation. To understand the question at hand let us ...
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Can a non-Catholic receive Baptism (to formally marry a Catholic), without converting to the Catholic faith?

To be baptized as a Catholic means to become a member of the Catholic Church, and thus believe all the things that a Catholic should believe. Part of the ceremony is for the person baptized to affirm ...
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Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life?

Does God intend or call some people to live alone forever in their life? The short answer is that it is very possible. There are four basic states of life within the Catholic Church: marriage, ...
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Has the Catholic Church responded to the argument that sex between a married couple can strengthen their emotional bond?

There are a number of aspects to the O.P.’s question, but it seems to center around the question, “Must the marital act be done for the sake of procreation?” or said in other words, “Must the couple ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position of a marriage between a menopausal woman and an impotent man?

This one is easy: impotence makes marriage impossible (invalid). To quote the Code of Canon Law, Can. 1084 §1. Antecedent [i.e, before the marriage consent is given] and perpetual [i.e., permanent]...
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Do Mormons believe that marriage is eternal?

Not automatically, but Latter-Day Saints do believe that marriage, and the family unit that it forms the foundation of, can and should be a sacred, eternal covenant that lasts "for time and all ...
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Must all Mormons marry and have children?

Does this mean all Mormons must marry and have children? 'Must' is a strong word, Mormons believe in agency: the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and to act for ourselves. As with all ...
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Marriage between syrian catholics and roman catholics?

The short answer is that any two Catholics, of any rite, have the right to marry one another (provided the usual conditions are met; i.e., that the couple consists of one man and one woman, and that ...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

In Mark 10:9 Jesus says, in the context of marriage, "What God has joined together, let not man separate." Clearly, when you read of the beginnings in Genesis, God brought Adam and Eve together. (...
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Why is Boaz's marrying a Moabitess accepted when later it was found necessary for Ezra to break up such a marriage?

The Moabites were under a curse because of how cruelly they treated the Jews and because of their idolatry. The Moabite wives in Ezra’s day were a snare, bringing unrepentant idolatry in their homes. ...
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Has the Catholic Church responded to the argument that sex between a married couple can strengthen their emotional bond?

You state: ... if I were to have sex with my wife without the intention to procreate, it would be considered a sin by the Catholic Church. This is not actually the case. The Catholic Church ...
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Catholic position about non-truthfully conversion to islam

According to canon law on mixed marriages (i.e., marriages between a Catholic and non-Catholic), 1917 Can. 1060 … if there is a danger of perversion to the Catholic spouse and children, that ...
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Who has the power to annul marriages in the Catholic Church?

An annulment, strictly speaking, is not "performed", and this is a very common misuse of terminology. There is not a marriage that is made null, but a judgment is issued that the relationship in ...
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Transition from a natural to a sacramental marriage

A valid natural marriage becomes sacramental as soon as both parties are baptised. There is no need to do anything else after being baptised, either as a Catholic or in a denomination that observes ...
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Can a bishop allow Marriage between cousins?

Here is an excellent article on the subject of marriage laws. From the article: The church's position is that [two first cousins] are forbidden to marry only by ecclesiastical law, not by divine ...
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How was Queen Keran, wife of Leo II of Armenia, able to become a nun?

While not specific to Queen Keran's situation, this section from Medievel English Nunneries 1 may provide some clues. Motives for taking the veil: a refuge for widows and occasionally for wives. ...
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Last married pope?

Popes who were legally married either as Pope or before they became clergy and were in fact widowed at the time of their election as Supreme Pontiff are as follows: St. Peter (30/33-64/67) ...
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Catholic Church - What happens when a married couple will never have sex?

In the general case marriage requires consummation, but the Catholic Church allows an exception which is called a "Josephite Marriage." This is the kind of marriage that the Catholic Church believes ...
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