Most active homosexuals, oddly enough, do not belong to religions which profess that homosexuality is immoral, disordered, or outright evil. Why would they want to be married in a church that did profess that?
[quote=brianwalden]Great idea, but that’s still restrictive to people who want to marry other people. Why can’t people marry their pets or their favorite kitchen appliances? Why don’t we also strike condition #3, must not already be married, from the list. That way we won’t restrict people who are already married from this unfair restriction…
Whee, and down the slippery slope we go! Pets and inanimate objects are incapable of consent, and consent must be a prerequisite to marriage – it’s what differentiates it from long-term rape. As to #3, that’s what divorce is for. Thanks for playing!
[quote=1ke]I don’t follow you. Are you denying that marriage between two baptized non-Catholic is a Sacrament?
Yes, basically. And while I thank you for providing the Canon Law quotes, isn’t the Church overstepping its authority a little bit in laying claim to those who are expressly not members? And sure, all may be joined to the Christ through baptism and all that, but that does not make them beholden to the pope.
There is reason to doubt the validity of such marriages. The Catechism notes that mixed marriages between a Catholic and a baptized non-Catholic are subject to the approval of the bishop before liceity is granted. The Code of Canon Law gets even more specific:
[quote=CCL]Can. 1124 Without express permission of the competent authority, a marriage is prohibited between two baptized persons of whom one is baptized in the Catholic Church or received into it after baptism and has not defected from it by a formal act and the other of whom is enrolled in a Church or ecclesial community not in full communion with the Catholic Church.
Can. 1125 The local ordinary can grant a permission of this kind if there is a just and reasonable cause. He is not to grant it unless the following conditions have been fulfilled:
1/ the Catholic party is to declare that he or she is prepared to remove dangers of defecting from the faith and is to make a sincere promise to do all in his or her power so that all offspring are baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church;
If two baptized non-Catholics marry each other, how likely is it they’ll check with the bishop first? If they do not do so, how can their marriage be considered a valid sacrament?