I have been married for almost 6 years. When we got married, I was attending tje independent traditional chapel that my parents attended, where the priest didn’t have faculties with the local bishop. I was not very well informed about the controversies regarding validity of the sacraments except that some said that Confession and Marriage were invalid and they were “wrong”.
Fast forward to current day, we attend the indult mass in our city. Recently our pastor found out that we were married by a priest who didn’t have faculties with the bishop and suggested that our marriage was invalid. This was, obviously, extremely upsetting.
In school, I was always taught that a valid sacrament of marriage consists of two baptized Christians, and the exchange of vows. As long as proper consent is given and there are no impediments, the sacrament is valid, and the people confer it on each other. The church in a sense “witnesses” and blesses it, and it is a sin to knowingly be married outside of that blessing, but it doesn’t necessarily invalidate the marriage.
However, according to Canon Law, if the priest witnessing the marriage does not have faculties, the marriage is invalid.
vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/_P40.HTM (Very first sentence.)
Can anyone explain to me how the faculties of the priest effect the Form of the sacrament?
I was under the impression the the couple were the Matter and the vows were the Form.