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Old Jan 30, '07, 3:30 am
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Default Is sacramental marriage same as non-sacramental?

In relation to another topic Ms. Michelle Arnold answered, that marriage between unbaptised is valid, but not considered sacramental.

Is this non-sacramental marriage same as sacramental in terms of commitment to life-long duration, divorce etc.
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In relation to another topic Ms. Michelle Arnold answered, that marriage between unbaptised is valid, but not considered sacramental.

Is this non-sacramental marriage same as sacramental in terms of commitment to life-long duration, divorce etc.
The general answer is yes. A valid, non-sacramental marriage is just as binding for life as a sacramental one.

There are two possible exceptions to the rule that possibly, but do not automatically come into play. The Church may dissolve an existing valid, natural marriage between two unbaptized persons when one of those persons enters the Church via baptism and the unbaptized party is unwilling to live with the Christian party. This is the Pauline Privilege in accordance with 1 Corinthians 7:15. The local bishop has the authority for this. A marriage between a (baptized) Christian and a non-baptized person can be dissolved via a Petrine Privilege. This involves a petition to Holy Father, in Rome.
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Old Jan 30, '07, 5:31 am
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Is this non-sacramental marriage same as sacramental in terms of commitment to life-long duration, divorce etc.
Commitment to life long duration....well it can and and it can't. The Same holds true for Sacramental marriages in many cases.

The difference is the approach to marriage (hopefully). Think of marriage as a verb rather than a noun.

In a sacramental marriage, the couple places Christ at the center of it. (you obviously don't have that same level of interaction with a non-sacramental marriage.) That means that each spouse relies on each other THROUGH Christ. A Sacramental marriage is therefore lived as a single body through Christ.

As such, they are truly one body both spritually and physically. When they maintain that focus it is as difficult to separate like it would for anyone individual to cut off an appendage. The Sacramental bond through Christ is that strong.

But we do have human failings, and couples will falter as a result. It is those times that marriages are endangered because they stop operating through Christ for whatever reasons. That doesn't mean that the commitment will fail but it is much more difficult to maintain because the focal point becomes misplaced.

A sacramental marriage flourishes in a very special and unique way when that focus on Christ is maintained and lived jointly.

Non sacramental marriages can maintain their commitment but that special grace imparted to the spouses is not there in it's fullness.

So you can have commitments and divorces either way, but only a sacramental marriage benefits from the aid of Christ's grace because the spouses make a choice to accept it.

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Old Jan 30, '07, 10:35 am
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In relation to another topic Ms. Michelle Arnold answered, that marriage between unbaptised is valid, but not considered sacramental.

Is this non-sacramental marriage same as sacramental in terms of commitment to life-long duration, divorce etc.
Yes. However there are very specific situations concerning the Christian Faith that can allow a "Natural Marriage" between two non-Baptized persons to be disolved in favor of the Faith.
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A marriage between a (baptized) Christian and a non-baptized person can be dissolved via a Petrine Privilege. This involves a petition to Holy Father, in Rome.
If the Marriage has not been consumated.
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