Originally Posted by BettyBoop416
Since you seem to be the go-to gal for marriage questions...
Does this have any practical effect on the couple who have been married under these circumstances?
Well, theoretically yes. Historically, people were censured for illicit actions-- for example, a Bishop could order the couple to separate and do penance for transgressing the law or place some other censure upon then.
Could a couple be censured under canon law today? Yes.
Practically speaking, would that happen in modern times? Unlikely.
The priest is another matter entirely. He certainly could, and likely would, be censured in some way for his flagrant disregard for the law and the authority of the Bishop were he caught or reported.
ke's universal disclaimer
: In my posts, when I post about marriage, canon law, or sacraments I am talking about Latin Rite
only, not the Orthodox and Eastern Rites. These are exceptions that confuse the issue and I am not talking about those.