[quote="Iron_Donkey, post:4, topic:311268"]
Interesting, I did not know this. Does that mean that the quote above does not apply to the East, or is it possible (though unlikely) that if an Eastern priest were to marry two non-Christians to each other that their marriage would be sacramental? Or perhaps does the Eastern ceremony require that the couple both be baptized in order for the sacrament to be valid?
Both the Latin Catholic and the Eastern Catholic have the same sacraments. The couple create the matrimony and the priest blesses it. For Matrimony the absolute minimum is:
Proper consent and with no impediments
Approval of the Church (which for one case requires no minister yet is valid)
Two witnessesCCEO Canon 776 – §1. The matrimonial covenant, established by the Creator and ordered by His laws, by which a man and woman by an irrevocable personal consent establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the generation and education of the offspring.
§2. From the institution of Christ a valid marriage between baptized persons is by that very fact a sacrament, by which the spouses, in the image of an indefectible union of Christ with the Church, are united by God and, as it were, consecrated and strengthened by sacramental grace.
§3. The essential properties of marriage are unity and indissolubility, which in a marriage between baptized persons obtain a special firmness in virtue of the sacrament.
Canon 832 – §1. If one cannot have present or have access to a priest who is competent according to the norm of law without grave inconvenience, those intending to celebrate a true marriage can validly and licitly celebrate it before witnesses alone:
1° in danger of death;
2° outside the danger of death, as long as it is prudently foreseen that such circumstances will continue for a month.
§2. In either case, if another priest, even a non-Catholic one, is able to be present, inasmuch as it is possible he is to be called so that he can bless the marriage, without prejudice for the validity of a marriage in the presence only of the witnesses.
§3. If a marriage was celebrated in the presence only of witnesses, the spouses shall not neglect to receive the blessing of the marriage from a priest as soon as possible.