I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I needed a bibliography attached to my post.
My info comes from the 1917 version of The Catholic Encyclopedia, as well as the catechism, “My Catholic Faith” by Louis Morrow, 1949
They certainly help, mommyjo2!
However, you appear to have mis-read then – for the mis-reading has led to make the false claims that
- “Marriage is between a BAPTIZED woman and a BAPTIZED man. So the real question isn’t that they were Protestant, but whether they were baptized. **A marriage between a baptized person and a non-baptized person is not a valid marriage. **
But, despite THAT erroneous statement, the claim continues with the opposite:
Also my catechism from 1945 lists marriages between two baptized non-Catholics as valid.
How can a marriage be valid but not sacramental?
Marriafe is a sacrament.
My copy of “My Catholic Faith”, by Most Rev. Louis Laravoire Morrow, S.T.D., My Mission House, Kenosho, Wisconsin, is not the original 1949 version; it is the “Thoroughly revised, 1959” edition.
The Impediments to matrimony are listed and explained on pp. 362- 363.
Diriment impediments are discussed and firstly described thus:
“1. Diriment (also called annulling or nullifying) impediments render an attempted marriage altogether null and void, invalid. Dispensations are only rarely granted
for diriment impediments. Should an attempt at marriage be made without dispensation there is no marriage.”
“Such an invalid marriage must be either dissolved, or the **impediment removed by a dispensation, **and the marriage performed validly. If a marriage is dissolved, the contracting parties are free to marry other partners, if they so wish.” (p.363)
Thus, it is clear that the bishop is saying that, while dispensations may be rarely granted, nevertheless, the impediment may be removed and the marriage performed validly.
Under “Disparity of Worship” the bishop explains:
”7. Disparity of worship. This is marriage between a Catholic and an unbaptised person.
If a Catholic attempts to marry an unbaptised person without a dispensation, his marriage is null. Examples of the unbaptised are: Mohammedans, Jews, Buddhists, Shintoists, infidels, etc.
Note: the “etc.” at THAT time (as also at THIS time) include those persons whose baptisms are performed by “ecclesial churches” or sects the validity of which are not recognized by the Church as valid (incorrect or non-Trinitarian form, or matter, etc.)
Pages 363 – 365 contain data on “Dispensations from Matrimonial Impediments”
- Dispensations are granted when there is sufficient reason or need. The bishop and the parish priest have the authority to investigate each case.
Not all impediments are granted dispensation with equal ease. Prohibitive impediments are more easily granted that diriment ones.
**Very rarely can a dispensation be obtained **from solemn vows or from major orders, when one of the contracting parties is unbaptised, or when the proposed marriage is between such close blood relations as uncle and niece, aunt and nephew.”
The above emphasis illustrates that a proposed marriage between (say) a laicised priest (or a nun) wishing to marry an unbaptised person may be obtained but very rarely. Presumably, then it would be easier for a lay Catholic to get a dispensation to marry an unbaptised person.
Many thanks for supplying the reference, for it helps to un-ravel the matter.