Can you enter into the sacrament of matrimony when in a state of mortal sin?


#1

If an unmarried man and woman have had pre marital sex can they marry without confessing that sin?

Not a question of if they should, just wondering if that sacrament can be administered when not in a state of grace.


#2

I don’t think so. I could be wrong, but I believe the only sacrament that you may not receive when in a state of mortal sin is the Eucharist.

Also I don’t think pre-marital sex is a mortal sin. I know you didn’t say it was, but I’m just saying this so someone could correct me if I’m wrong. :wink::+1:t2:


#3

You can’t receive sacraments in a state of mortal sin except maybe Extreme Unctions under extreme circumstances like when one is unconscious and dying or maybe there isn’t time for a confession. I think you receive the Eucharist in extreme circumstances too but there is a bunch of rules that you should find out for sure on the matter. Other Sacraments received in a state of mortal sin are sacriledges.


#4

An unrepented state of mortal sin does not invalidate any of the sacraments except confession.


#5

I thought confession was the remedy for a state of mortal sin, assuming contrition on the part of the peninent.


#6

It’s grave matter. Combined with full knowledge and consent it is a mortal sin.


#7

You are correct. I’ll amend my post.


#8

I make the assumption that both man and woman are Catholic. The Sacrament would be valid; however neither would receive the grace form the Sacrament. Following confession and absolution, that grace would come flooding in.

And, yes sex outside of marriage is a mortal sin. it is grave matter. Full knowledge and deliberate consent depends on the person at the time.


#9

I personally believe it is if done with full knowledge


#10

I’d assume the state of sin wouldn’t matter because if a catholic marries a non catholic that person would not be able to take confession.


#11

If both are Catholic and don’t confess this before their Sacrament of Matrimony then it’s not a good start for their marriage.


#12

Pre-marital sex is just another form of fornication.


#13

YEA they can marry but they don’t receive the graces they would have if they were in a state of grace. The marriage is valid, but the couple should go to confession asap to restore grace to their marriage. It’s so important that they confess and be in a state of grace for the Sacrament, tell your engaged friends. All this per Servant of God Fr.John Hardon


#14

And what in the case when one party isn’t catholic? Do they never receive that grace even if the one who is catholic confesses?


#15

The Catholic Church recommends every Catholic who is about to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy orders or entering into religious life to make a good confession before they receive the Sacrament.


#16

It wouldn’t be invalid, but wouldn’t it still be sacrilegious? Like being confirmed when in the state of mortal sin, it’s valid but not (yet) fruitful… although I was always under the impression that it’s also gravely sinful to receive a sacrament of the living in the state of mortal sin.

The act of pre-marital sex meets the “grave matter” condition for mortal sin, so it is gravely sinful in itself and a mortal sin if the other conditions are met.

“2396 Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are masturbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices.” (Not an exhaustive list.)
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_P88.HTM


#17

If both are baptized and the marriages is valid, it’s a sacramental marriage and they received graces of the Sacrament


#18

I don’t know if it’s a sacrilege, not sure, although if done purposely it would seem so.


#19

Formication is a grave sin and from what I understand is Church dogma so it must be believed.


#20

Sacramental grace (for the sacraments of the living) requires a valid sacrament and a state of grace on the recipient’s part. An individual’s reception of sacramental grace would not depend on the state of his/her spouse’s soul.


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