Is sex in valid civilly marriage sinful?

a) If 2 unbaptized persons are only civilly married (which the Church recognizes as valid), is their sexual acts considered sinful?

b) If 1 baptized non-Catholic person marries civilly an unbaptized person, is their sexual acts sinful?

c) As the Church recognizes a civil marriage as valid, does that means the couple are married “in the eyes of God” or not?

So what do you think valid means?

[LIST=a]
*]no
*]no, not if the marriage is valid
*]yes
[/LIST]

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tee

What sex are the two people involved.?

a. Unbaptized persons can have valid natural marriages.

b. A Christian and a non-Christian can also have a valid natural marriage.

c) As the Church recognizes a civil marriage as valid, does that means the couple are married “in the eyes of God” or not?

The Catholic Church does not recognize **all **civil marriages as valid.

From the thread title, I presume the OP is referring only to those *“civilly marriages” *which are valid. (These would, of course, all be contracted between persons of complementary sex)

If the OP had something else in mind, she will need be more specific. (Or less specific, depending on how you look at it)

tee

:thumbsup:

I was talking about man-woman couples. Thanks for all your responses. One last question: given that in all those cases (a,b,c) mentioned before sex is not sinful, how come for a Catholic who marries someone civilly the intercourse is considered sinful?

A Catholic can marry a non-Catholic civilly outside of Catholic form (before a priest and two witnesses) with a dispensation from the bishop. Such a marriage is perfectly valid.

Either Catholic form or a dispensation is required for a valid marriage involving a Catholic.

So if a Catholic attempts to marry outside of Catholic form without a dispensation they haven’t married at all. Therefore their situation is grave matter.

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