[quote="snowbee, post:18, topic:210762"]
I agree. Seems like an unwanted intrusion by the government into sacramental marriage, except that, this is only a problem with the Catholic Church that they will not issue a purely sacramental marriage without a civil highly regulated laws to govern the two, even when the civil laws can conflict with religious law.
When you act as an agent of the State, as priests do in the US and Canada, then you have to follow what the State says. There is no valid reason at present in our countries to not follow the law.
Even in countries like France and Germany, where priests don't act as agents of the State, the law says they cannot marry someone religiously who is not already married civilly. Again, the laws of those countries aren't unjust to the point where they violate natural law so the Church obeys civil law as Jesus ordered us to do.
The legal status of the spouses in a purely religious marriage -- it wouldn't necessarily be sacramental because that depends on who is getting married -- could become a problem when one dies,