Marriage question


#1

Does the Catholic Church require a valid marriage license before they will marry someone? In other words, can I be sacramentally married in the church without being legally married in my state?


#2

It's required in the U.S. I'm not sure about other countries.

In Christ,
Ellen


#3

May I ask why?


#4

[quote="apdepuy, post:1, topic:320339"]
Does the Catholic Church require a valid marriage license before they will marry someone?

[/quote]

Yes.

[quote="apdepuy, post:1, topic:320339"]
In other words, can I be sacramentally married in the church without being legally married in my state?

[/quote]

No, not under normal circumstances. It would require permission of the bishop:

Can.* 1071 §1. Except in a case of necessity, a person is not to assist without the permission of the local ordinary at:

2/ a marriage which cannot be recognized or celebrated according to the norm of civil law;

Can.* 1130 For a grave and urgent cause, the local ordinary can permit a marriage to be celebrated secretly.

Can.* 1131 Permission to celebrate a marriage secretly entails the following:

1/ the investigations which must be conducted before the marriage are done secretly;

2/ the local ordinary, the one assisting, the witnesses, and the spouses observe secrecy about the marriage celebrated.

Can.* 1132 The obligation of observing the secrecy mentioned in ⇒ can. 1131, n. 2 ceases on the part of the local ordinary if grave scandal or grave harm to the holiness of marriage is imminent due to the observance of the secret; this is to be made known to the parties before the celebration of the marriage.

Can.* 1133 A marriage celebrated secretly is to be noted only in a special register to be kept in the secret archive of the curia.


#5

[quote="apdepuy, post:3, topic:320339"]
May I ask why?

[/quote]

Because marriage has a public dimension.


#6

[quote="1ke, post:4, topic:320339"]

Can.* 1133 A marriage celebrated secretly is to be noted only in a special register to be kept in the secret archive of the curia.

[/quote]

http://images.wikia.com/spongebob/images/6/6e/The_Secret_Box.jpg


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