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The Complete Catholic Handbook

The Complete Catholic Handbook

Matrimony

  1. What is the Sacrament of Matrimony?
  2. What special grace does the Sacrament of Matrimony give to those who receive it worthily?
  3. Is it a sacrilege to contract marriage in mortal sin, or in disobedience to the laws of the Church?
  4. What is a ‘mixed marriage?
  5. Has the Church always forbidden mixed marriages?
  6. Does the Church sometimes permit mixed marriages?
  7. Can any human power dissolve the bond of marriage?

  1. What is the Sacrament of Matrimony?
    Matrimony is the Sacrament which sanctifies the contract of a Christian marriage, and gives a special grace to those who receive it worthily.

    Matrimony.
    The contract or agreement by which marriage is blessed and made holy and pleasing to God.

    Outward sign.
    The matter consists of the mutual giving up of the contracting parties to each other. The form consists of the words and outward signs by which the man and woman accept each other as husband and wife.

    Effects.
    Increases habitual grace and helps parents to bear the burdens and difficulties of the marriage state and bring up their children in a Christian manner.

    Institution.
    It is not known exactly when this Sacrament was instituted, but it is supposed by some to have been when, in speaking of marriage, our Lord said: ‘What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder’. (Matt. 19:6) Others say it was raised to the dignity of a Sacrament at the marriage-feast at Cana.

  2. What special grace does the Sacrament of Matrimony give to those who receive it worthily?
    The Sacrament of Matrimony gives to those who receive it worthily a special grace, to enable them to bear the difficulties of their state, to love and be faithful to one another, and to bring up their children in the fear of God.

  3. Is it a sacrilege to contract marriage in mortal sin, or in disobedience to the laws of the Church?
    It is a sacrilege to contract marriage in mortal sin, or in disobedience to the laws of the Church, and, instead of a blessing, the guilty parties draw down upon themselves the anger of God.3

  4. What is a ‘mixed marriage?
    A ‘mixed marriage’ is a marriage between a Catholic and one who, though baptized, does not profess the Catholic faith.

  5. Has the Church always forbidden mixed marriages?
    The Church has always forbidden mixed marriages, and considered them unlawful and pernicious.

    Pernicious.
    Hurtful, very injurious.

  6. Does the Church sometimes permit mixed marriages?
    The Church sometimes permits mixed marriages granting a dispensation, for very grave reasons and under special conditions.

    Dispensation.
    An exemption or freeing from some law or duty.

  7. Can any human power dissolve the bond of marriage?
    No human power can dissolve the bond of marriage, because Christ has said, ‘What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder’. (Matt. 19:6)

    Human power.
    The power of man, like that used in a divorce court, which may be allowed by the law of the land, but is certainly forbidden by the law of God.

    Dissolve.
    To undo; to separate; to loosen.

    Bond.
    Anything that binds or fastens together.

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