I have a question about the theology of marriage.
In the Roman Catholic Church our theology is that the bridegroom and the bride are the ministers of the sacrament. They administer the sacrament to each other. I understand this so I’m not asking for this to be explained.
Outside the Roman Catholic Church the theology is different. In the Eastern churches and in Anglicanism the theology is that the priest is the minister of the sacrament. I would be grateful if this thread didn’t degenerate into an argument about the validity of Eastern and Anglican theology. Two points: first their marriages are recognised as valid and the second point is Eastern churches includes our Eastern Catholic churches, with perfectly valid theology.
Why is the theology of marriage in the Roman Catholic Church different from other parts of Christendom?
Again, may I please emphasise:
*]I don’t doubt or lack understanding of Roman Catholic marriage theology; I just wonder why it’s different.
*]Please let’s not make this about the invalidity of Eastern Orthodox or Anglican theology. It’s a question about why we Romans have a different theology.